A colourful and abstract digital illustration of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. Created in 2020
An island originally inhabited by fishermen and pirates, Singapore only gained its independence and the ability to self-govern itself in 1955. It has a long history of occupation and control by foreign powers, most notably by its neighbour, Malaysia, and by the Japanese in WW2. Its development as a major port in Asia though can be attributed to the British, most notably Thomas Stamford Raffles of the East India Company, for whom the famous Raffles Hotel is named after. Modern day Singapore sees the country as a bustling city, renowned for its extravagant culture comparative to the European Monaco, an important place for business and finance, a popular place for expats globally to live in, and a great pit stop between Asia and Australia and New Zealand for European travellers.
My sister has lived in Singapore since 2014, working as a teacher at Dulwich College, and I have been fortunate to be able to visit her twice! I’m not a big city gal, but Singapore has to be admired for its impressive skyline and its truly Asian culture. Whilst it has many expat residents who of course have influenced how the country is run to attract more tourism, it is still a simply unique place that embodies its Asian heritage. The food is spectacular and some of the innovation in the city is astounding.
This piece is based on a photo from my second visit to the country, where I finally managed to visit the Gardens by the Bay botanical gardens. This shot was taken of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel from the gardens, and I have tried to incorporate the warm tones of sunset similar to those in the original image. The hotel opened in 2010 and is one of the most identifiable landmarks in Singapore. It boasts 2,561 rooms with views over the marina or the Gardens by the Bay, as well as a roof top infinity pool with a view over the city, its own shopping mall, a casino, a rooftop nightclub, and a museum.
All prints are printed on high-quality, 280 gsm paper and are printed by Prodigi in the UK.
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