Bird by Fernando Botero

Singapore is well known for our lush greenery, with futuristic skyscrapers amidst heritage architecture. To complement our streets and public spaces are a proliferation of artworks. Other than our world renowned Merlion, which public artworks are you familiar with?

Fernando Botero. Bird, 1990. Photos by Colin Wan.


In this article, we’re taking a closer look at one of the most recognisable works of art in Singapore, Bird by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. This huge bronze sculpture is a well-known sight along the Singapore River, located near United Overseas Bank (UOB) Plaza at Raffles Place. Some might think the sculpture resembles a pigeon but it is actually a representation of a dove, which signifies peace and serenity, and also embodies the joy of living and power of optimism.

Fernando Botero headshot

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