By Chong Fah Cheong
Material : Bronze
Location : Singapore River, in front of The Fullerton Hotel
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Singapore Tourism Board
Made up of a group of five boys jumping into Singapore River, the sculpture shows the lighter side of everyday life around the river in the past. This playful activity was a common sight in the early days of the river, now surrounded by luxury hotels and towering corporate buildings. Chong’s sculpture acts as a reminder of simple pleasures, and shows how much daily life and surroundings in Singapore have changed over the years.
This sculpture is one of four pieces that are part of the People Of The River sculpture series depicting various historical scenes of people who lived and worked along the river. It commissioned in the early 2000s by the Singapore Tourism Board. The other three pieces - The River Merchants, From Chettiars to Financiers and A Great Emporium - are also located nearby.