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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 19 May 2004

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SingArt - A Brush with Lions


A new pride of 41 lions takes to the streets of Singapore

This month marks an exciting event in Singapore’s art calendar as SingArt – A Brush with Lions, a big, bold and vibrant street art exhibition makes its way to the streets of Singapore.

SingArt – A Brush with Lions, presented by Caltex and Raffles Hotel and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), features life-sized fibreglass lions, each a distinctive masterpiece of creative ingenuity by Singaporean and international luminaries from the worlds of art, theatre, music, sport, business and public service.

The result – a blend of vibrancy and colour, subtlety and grace all within one exhibition. Mrs S R Nathan is the Patron of SingArt – A Brush with Lions.

The first 18 lions from this exhibition were “unleashed” into the tropical gardens and courtyards of Raffles Hotel in February this year, where they have charmed Singaporeans and tourists alike.

A new pride of 41 lions will now join them in finding their lairs around the city. All 59 lions will be displayed at the Paragon, where they were unveiled today, and a selection of the lions will remain at the Paragon for viewing over the next two days before they are moved to the streets.

From May 21 through September 2004, the 41 lions will be found at various locations, along Orchard Road, the Singapore River and the Civic District, the Arts House, the Merlion Park, The Esplanade and waterfront and in and around the busy business district of Raffles Place, Suntec City and Millenia Walk, in addition to the 18 lions at Raffles Hotel.

To complement the exhibition, activities will be organised over the coming months which will enable the public to participate in this exhibition.

These include a national photographic competition, a “People’s Lion” initiative where the public will be invited to paint a lion, and a Caltex Mini Lions Promotion which will see mini lions on sale at Caltex Stations for the public to paint as part of a competition. Further details of these programmes will be released over the coming weeks.

Mr Ken Low, Director, Brand Management and Lifestyle & Events, STB said, “SingArt will greatly enhance and enliven the visual appeal of Singapore as a destination, injecting colour and vibrancy into the city. The exhibition will reinforce the Uniquely Singapore brand while adding another dimension to the already unique experiences that the city has to offer. Each lion is distinctive, and together, the full pride of lions represents the cultural melting pot of ideas, cultures and peoples that is uniquely Singapore. We hope that this exhibition will be just the beginning of new and exciting art projects which will further elevate Singapore’s stature as a global city and arts hub.”

The SingArt lions are up for adoption giving the opportunity for admirers to own their very own favourite SingArt lion while at the same time contributing to a charitable cause.

SingArt lions can be adopted by submitting a bid on an adoption form either via fax or email. Forms are available at Raffles Hotel and Caltex stations. The form can also be downloaded from the SingArt website at

The highest bidder for each lion will have his/her name displayed on a plaque on the adopted lion throughout the duration of the exhibition. At the end of the exhibition, the lions can either be taken home by their respective adopters or, should the adopters wish, continue to be displayed at public venues which will be finalised in due course.

Each lion has a reserve price of S$8,888. Proceeds will go to the adopted charities of this programme, which include the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and MINDS Towner Gardens School.

Source: News Release from 18 May 2004

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