On the 15th of September 2022 – Singapore’s Merlion statue, located at Merlion Park, will turn 50! Photo Phactory wants to commemorate the Golden jubilee of the iconic Merlion statue by paying tribute to it in our design. Tan Bing Yao chose to feature the Merlion in his artwork because of its international reputation as Singapore’s national icon. The artwork portrays the resilience and vitality of the Merlion as it skilfully rides the waves amidst strong winds. The Merlion represents our island’s origins as a fishing village and this symbol has captured the hearts of all the island’s inhabitants. By combining Bing Yao’s pointillist style of artwork with vintage floral motifs, this reinterpretation of tiles combines artistic creativity and traditional hand-painted aesthetics. We were inspired by retro tiles which were a popular decor feature in the 60’s, admired for their vibrant composition. These ornamental designs have been adored for their symmetrical identities and unique and intricate details for decades. This print takes inspiration from botanicals.
Material: Mango wood