Celebrating love and kindness: 200 figurines of SINGA the Lion on display at Raffles City Singapore

Sheila Chiang
Lifestyle contributor
Arts In The City SINGA lion mascots. (PHOTO: Raffles City Singapore)

SINGAPORE - CapitaLand’s Raffles City Singapore has collaborated with Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) to launch the Arts in the City: We Love SINGApore exhibition on Friday (31st July) in commemoration of Singapore Bicentennial and celebration of Singapore’s 54th birthday.

President Halimah Yacob was there to officiate the exhibition at Raffles City shopping mall, which features 200 figurines of Singapore’s iconic mascot for kindness and graciousness – Singa the Lion, specially designed by individuals from all walks of life.

They conveyed what kindness and being gracious means to them through hand painting and designing 40cm-tall 3D Singa the Lion figurines. We were treated to a display of different designs from people of different professions and got to understand their take on the virtues of kindness and graciousness.

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President Halimah Yacob poses for a photo with key figures and volunteers. (PHOTO: Raffles City Singapore)

President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, have also designed a pair of President’s Challenge Singa the Lion figurines which was unveiled at the event.

President Halimah said, “CapitaLand, a long-time partner of the President’s Challenge, is an exemplary company that not only builds inclusive developments but also embraces diversity and inclusivity through programmes by its philanthropic arm, CapitaLand Hope Foundation. I hope CapitaLand can continue their efforts in empowering the disadvantaged in Singapore.”

At the end of the exhibition, the figurines will find permanent homes with interested adopters and all proceeds will go towards President’s Challenge. The figurines will be up for adoption at a minimum sum of S$88 each on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to availability. Interested members of the public who would like to adopt any of the available Singa the Lion figurines may approach Raffles City Singapore Concierge at Level 1 during the exhibition to adopt and collect their favourite one-of-its-kind figurine after the exhibition. Adoption is by cash only.

The 200 figurines were contributed by companies such as tenants from Raffles City Singapore, and also individuals from Bee Cheng Hiang, Robinsons, Shanghai Tang, The Cookie Museum; local celebrities Chen Hanwei, Desmond Tan, Edric Hsu, Fann Wong, Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Kym Ng, Taufik Batisah; award-winning filmmaker Boo Junfeng, Chef Janice Wong, bento artist Shirley Wong (@Littlemissbento), food blogger Miss Tam Chiak, Youtuber JianHao Tan, and social media influencer Alvin Lim (@Alvinology). Yahoo Singapore also took part in this exhibition.

Yahoo Singapore's mascot contribution. (PHOTO: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Yahoo Singapore on the meaning behind their mascot:

The concept behind the artwork is building a better Singapore, together. As per Singa’s shirt, our entire Yahoo office penned wishes on how we would like Singapore to progress. Our multicultural office is a microcosm of Singapore, as reflected in the different languages on Singa’s shirt.

National icons like our national flower, national flag, MBS, HDB, Flyer as well as Gardens by the Bay are depicted on Singa’s mane, making him distinctly Singaporean. The red cape with a letter “S” alludes to Singa’s super hero status, taking over the all-important role to make Singapore a gracious society for all.

Other notable designs we spotted such as this one from Michelle Low. (PHOTO: Raffles City Singapore)

Michelle Low on the meaning behind her mascot:

'Shhh…' is a modern and relevant representation created as a reminder for us to show kindness to others in the movie theatres by switching our phones into silent mode. Everyone can enjoy a peaceful experience movie.

Other notable designs we spotted such as this “Big Smiles in Little India” from Indian Heritage Centre. (PHOTO: Raffles City Singapore)

Indian Heritage Centre by Brindha Menon on the meaning behind the mascot:

Little India is a historical precinct that serves as a focal point for the Indian community and functions as a vibrant and organic showcase of the community’s rich and diverse heritage. It comprises historical landmarks, temples, traditional trades and modern businesses, and it is a place where visitors can not only experience “living Indian heritage” as practised by the community but the warmth and friendliness of stakeholders, business owners and residents of Little India as they go about their daily lives. For this campaign, the centre is pleased to collaborate with local artist Brindha Menon to capture the daily acts of kindness and graciousness that bring smiles to Little India’s stakeholders, business owners, residents and visitors.

Local artiste Fann Wong poses with President Halimah Yacob alongside her design (PHOTO: Fann Wong’s Facebook account)
SINGA mascot by Gin Lee studio. (PHOTO: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
SINGA mascot by actor Chen Han Wei. (PHOTO: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
SINGA mascot by food columnist Hedy Khoo. (PHOTO: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
SINGA mascot by Fann Wong and Christopher Lee. (PHOTO: Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Arts in the City: We Love SINGApore Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 1 – 28 August 2019

Exhibition Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Venue: Level 1, Raffles City Singapore, 252 North Bridge Road

Admission is free.

Singapore Kindness Movement InstaKindness With Singa Interactive Space

Dates: 1 - 18 August 2019

Time: 10am – 10pm

Venue: Level 3, Raffles City Singapore, 252 North Bridge Road