Eddie Cheng

Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City (财富之泉, 新达城) #01 ~ one ring to bind them all / union of the 4 towers

*best viewed against a dark background; kindly click on the image*

this IS NOT that one ring. ‘J.R.R. Tolkien’s ONE RING’ has already been destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, the very place it was originally forged.

I hereby offer you my alternative.

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Listed by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as the largest fountain in the world, the Fountain of Wealth is located within one of Singapore largest shopping malls, Suntec City.

The Fountain of Wealth (and in fact Suntec City as a whole) was constructed in accordance to Feng Shui principles. The fountain consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 metres supported by four legs. It is made of sand cast silicon bronze and occupies an area of 1,683 square metres, with a height of 13.8 metres. The Ring was designed based on the Hindu Mandala, meaning universe and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolises the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore. The sand cast silicon bronze, including all formwork and patternmaking was designed, manufactured and installed by DCG Design and Meridian Projects (from Melbourne Australia) in 1995.

Surrounding it are five office blocks representing the fingers and thumb of a left hand emerging from the ground, and the Fountain of Wealth symbolises the Ring in the palm of the hand, guaranteeing the retention of wealth. In Chinese culture, water symbolises wealth and life and the inward movement of water (of the Fountain) signifies the preservation of wealth.

During certain periods of the day, the main fountain is turned off and visitors are invited to walk around a mini fountain at the centre of the fountain’s base for good luck. It is claimed that walking three rounds clockwise around this mini fountain while touching the water at all times, one would gain some good luck of their own.

At night, the fountain comes alive with spectacular laser performances and song dedications.

* The boring (technical) bits:

This was shot at around 11am (the sun was at one o’clock, ref. photograph). Contrast was high, and the resultant colour version was close to a “wash out”. Being a fisheye (lens), there’s no chance of calling up my arsenal of ND grads (filter).

To salvage the photograph, I converted it to B&W using Nikon’s very own Capture NX 2 (raw). Nothing much I could do further; what with my poor grasp of post processing.

Colourful versions of various perspectives with the fountain in its full glory are found aplenty in 500px. I offer you a different take; a fish-eye perspective. Hope you like it. Have a great week ahead!

P.S. This place is closed for restoration works. It will reopen in the second half of 2013.

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