Singapore, 21 October 2008 – Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) was conferred the Associate of the Arts Award by the National Arts Council tonight in recognition of its contributions towards last year’s Marina Bay SINGAPORE Countdown. Recipients of the National Arts Council’s Patron of the Arts Awards are recognised for contributing towards the promotion of cultural and artistic activities in Singapore.
Raffles Quay Asset Management General Manager Mr Wilson Kwong said, “An artistically vibrant society complements Singapore’s position as a global financial centre. As a premium landmark development in Marina Bay, MBFC is glad to support events that will enhance the lifestyle and entertainment experience of the approximately 50,000 professionals and residents in our two luxurious waterfront apartments and three office towers when completed.”
The Singapore Countdown 2007 transformed Marina Bay into a visual spectacle of light, sound and colour with 5,000 floating spheres lighting up the waters topped off by a stunning fireworks display. This annual event attracts about 250,000 people to the Marina Bay area to ring in the New Year with millions more watching a ‘live’ broadcast of the event over television.
Strong supporters of the Arts, the developers of MBFC and One Raffles Quay commissioned Singapore’s tallest public sculpture, Momentum at Finlayson Green, a busy intersection linking Raffles Quay, Marina Bay and the Esplanade area. Standing at 18.35 metres, this steel sculpture by David Gerstein was unveiled in December 2007.
Another art piece, R11i01, created by Iaigo Manglano-Ovalle for the inaugural Singapore Biennale 2006 and sponsored by One Raffles Quay tenant, Deutsche Bank, is now displayed near the entrance of the South Tower at One Raffles Quay.
As part of its continuing efforts to shape Singapore’s art scene, MBFC is expected to host more art installations on its premises when fully completed in 2012.