Singapore Bicentennial Office ‘disappears’ Sir Stamford Raffles statue

On December 29, the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles along the Singapore River ‘disappeared’. The optical illusion was created by the Singapore Bicentennial Office in partnership with local artist Teng Kai Wei.

A note from the Singapore Bicentennial Office said: “This optical illusion on the Sir Stamford Raffles statue is an opportunity to engage Singaporeans in an open dialogue on the arrival of the British, and the contributions of those who came before and after.

“It is an invitation to explore our longer history.”

The Singapore Bicentennial will officially launch on January 28 and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the British in Singapore.

However, the SBO office is using the occasion to examine a wider swathe of Singaporean history, which began 500 years before the British colonisers first landed.

Last June, J Walter Thompson and Mirum won the integrated campaign business for the Singapore Bicentennial, an account said to be worth $9.2 million.


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