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53) Circles of rainbow on the Bridge

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Welcome to Alkaff Bridge, you are strolling on a rainbow now.

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The Alkaff Bridge is a pedestrian Bridge spanning across the Singapore River in length 55m, height 35m.  As the name suggested, it is related to the nearby Alkaff Quay.  Alkaffs is also a wealthy Arab family who settled in Singapore during the early 20th century.

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One side is connected to the “River Place” condominium.

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The other side is connected to “The Quayside” condominium.  What a home sweet home for these estate residents!

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This bridge resembles a wooden boat (Tong Kang) is a gift from a lady artist, Pacita Abad (1946-2004) who transformed it to a rainbow bridge with an artist touch of joy and vibrant colors!

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She used 120 liters for white base paint after scraping the old paint away.  And subsequently, using 630 liters for two coats of 6 base colors for this Art piece.

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And finally, applying 2,350 circle stencils, using 46 colors painted with hands.   In addition to these, the railings are also full of wonderful circles.

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Imagine staying in a home next to the rainbow friend…

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Or a ferryboat passing by here and there outside your doorstep, what else do you ask for…?

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Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

21 thoughts on “53) Circles of rainbow on the Bridge

  1. What an awesome bridge! It sure does look like a boat from first-hand perspective. Q: do you guys ever have problems with graffiti artists the way we do in the US? Also, you prolly know this already, but I think the Norse believe you cross a rainbow bridge to arrive on the “Other Side”. A lovely, whimsical walk with you today, Sydney. :)

    • Graffiti art is fine in Singapore, I remember one foreigner broke into Train depot and showcase his talent on the train body. Ended up he got jail and fine! So that is ‘fine’!
      But we do have a street call Haji lane, you can expend your talent here is fine!
      Thanks, Karen! Let’s stroll along the Alkaff bridge!

  2. What a delightful piece of art. Thanks for sharing, as it’s not somewhere I’ll ever get to see!

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    http://thetimelesstreasure.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/ Congratulations!!!

  4. What a beautiful bridge and unique good attraction for tourist with a good story behind that…

    Nice….

  5. Wow this bridge is so beautiful. An original idea :)

  6. Hi! I’ve nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award, which is an award for bloggers who positively and creatively inspire other bloggers. Here’s my post on the award:

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  7. This is an awesome bridge, Sydney. I’d love to see this and cross it one day.

  8. haha… went there 3 weeks ago.. pretty awesome :)

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