Thorns in the urban landscape

22 10 2013

Intended to be an icon of a new Singapore, a building topped with a crown of thorns blocks the view from a once well-loved part of Singapore where many enjoy a meal of satay by the sea. The building, which houses Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, which was completed in 2002, steals its name from the once popular promenade from which we could gaze out into the openness of the old harbour we can no longer see.

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The building is one some of us in Singapore struggle to find a connection in the same we have connected with the old National Library and the National Theatre and even that wonderful promenade by the sea that the real Esplanade was. Those icons, now erased from the new urban landscape, were ones which for many of us symbolised Singapore’s coming into the world as a nation, and point to humbler times we now seem not to want to be reminded of. This does perhaps exemplify what the new Singapore has become for some of us – a place we struggle to recognise and connect with, and one which has become a  Singapore we find hard to call home.

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22 10 2013
seahirvin@yahoo.com.au

I agree with you Jerome. It does appear those in power don’t want to be remembered of humbler times.
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22 10 2013
Alan Yarnell

It seems hat the ruling parties of the government do not care about what the people feel. They only want to copy and pretend to be a World figure, losing out the quaintness and heritage that once made Singapore an appealing Oriental place. Now it is just the same as any other city in the World same old things as each has.. just a little from each taken and placed in Singapore while losing its own identity!

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