The Fountain of Wealth is one of the many spectacles found in the heart of the largest shopping area in Singapore, Suntec City. In 1998, the Guinness Book of Records has listed it as the largest fountain in the world, occupying more than 1,600 square meters and standing tall at the height of 13.8 meters. The entire sculpture is wrought from silicon bronze, inspired from the shapes of a Hindu Mandala. The ring, along with its leaning stems, are a symbolic representation of unity, equality and harmony. It speaks of the Singapore culture as a great brew of races and religions, as this small yet powerful country is home to people of many origins.
Created by the Melbourne, Australia based firm DCG Design, this metallic sculpture was erected in 1995 and has become one of Singapore's best tourist destinations. The ring spans about 66 meters in circumference and weighs more than 80 tons. It is also a glory to behold at ground level. The Fountain of Wealth is strategically placed in the core of Suntec City, where five high rise buildings are easily within view. These towers, somehow, represent the fingers of a left hand, somewhat emerging from the ground. Looking skywards, the scene looks like an illustrated palm of a hand.
At daytime, this outdoor fountain offers a tranquil spot in the middle of the busy, flourishing hub. The ring spouts thin lines of waters, while at the very center, liquid is shot up to 13 meters. Suntec City shoppers and workers lounge about it, enjoying the view. However, this fountain is more lovely to behold at night time; its base is filled with LED lights that glow during the evening, illuminating the area with a spectrum of colors. The bronze sculpture gives way to the purple and blue hues of the water, and onlookers discover many ways of enjoying the scene. Dancing laser lights, coupled with laser messages, charm the crowd with surprise.
With strong Feng Shui belief, the Fountain of Wealth is said to bless people with power, success and prosperity. Since its conception, Singaporeans have performed a simple ritual which will invite success into their lives. Many times a day, the fountain will be switched off. During this moment, a person must approach the smaller part of the fountain and make their wish. It is a requirement that they sink their right hand in it, and then walk around the fountain three times while murmuring their prayers over and over again. This ritual, the locals believe, will help make the wish come true. However, there is one requirement: the fountain must only be approached with good intentions.
More than just a contemporary sculpture, Singapore’s Fountain of Wealth strongly reflects the country’s desire for progress and prosperity. Alongside it is their vision of harmony; of keeping each culture, religion and race united despite the many differences, to achieve a common goal. This spectacular landmark is a must-see for every tourist, as it denotes the country’s sense of pride and beliefs, created with strong design aesthetics and deep spiritual insight.