Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Farewell, Father of Singapore...

Yesterday, we woke up to know a piece of  news that sadden Singapore. The Father of Singapore , Mr Lee Kuan Yew, had left us after battling in Singapore General Hospital due to pneumonia. We know this day is soon to come  because his health had been failing and yet when the news was announced, we could not help but grieve.

Hence, this week, instead of continuing a post on playground fun, I am to dedicate this post to him. 
I am going to share with you photos I had taken during Little One's last excursion to the Learning Gallery at the Singapore Art Museum last June. 

Portrait of Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Self-Portrait (No More Tears Mr. Lee) by Jason Wee

His inspiration comes from the iconic 9th August 1965 moment when Mr Lee broke down on TV while announcing Singapore's separation from Malaysia. He used 8,000 Johnson and Johnson bottle caps because Johnson and Johnson is famous for their baby shampoo "No more Tears".

Why using no more tears bottle caps?
The artist is conveying now Singapore is doing well, Mr Lee need not to cry anymore (No more tears).

8,000 Johnson and Johnson's shampoo bottle caps, creating a portrait by opening or closing the caps.

Self-Portrait (No More Tears Mr. Lee) by Jason Wee is currently at Learning Gallery of Singapore Art Museum
It was not easy to build a nation then. It was tough times. But he did it. He successfully lead his team to build Singapore. I doubt there are many people who are as capable and influential as he is.

Little One is not aware who Mr Lee is. All I can tell her is that the Singapore that she live in is built by a team led by Mr Lee. I hope, in years to come, I can let her know more stories of Mr Lee.

Farewell, Father of Singapore,
we will remember how you brought the 3rd world Singapore to her present day. You are a great, amazing man! We shall miss you! Now that you are away, we wept for you. At least, you are with your beloved wife. It is somewhat consoling to think about that.

1 comment:

  1. That's an amazing self-portrait.
    I'm sorry to hear of your country's loss.


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