The Merlion by Lim Nang Seng

Country : Singapore

 

Lim Nang Seng (b. 1916 - d. 1987) was a pioneer Singapore sculptor. Born in Kuching, Sarawak, Lim often used local black river clay as an artistic medium, and regularly exhibited his works in Singapore and Malaysia. Although he was trained in sculptural techniques from an early age, he was often referred to simply as a "craftsman", and did not receive the same critical praise as others of his generation. Marco Hsu, writing in 1963, seemed to think that this was because his works were "small in size." Despite his initial neglection, Lim was responsible for executing Singapore's national icon, the Merlion. He also designed other national memorabilia, such as Singapore's first batch of one-cent coins in 1967, and public artworks for Tiong Bahru Housing Estate and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. 

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