View from Elgin Bridge

During the 1970s, the Boat Quay area of the Singapore River teemed with bumboats, cranes and lorries. Coolies carried sacks of goods on their shoulders, balancing on narrow planks laid between the boats and the embankment. “View from Elgin Bridge” is an artwork that aims to recreate this bustling scene in the present day Singapore River. It juxtaposes the miniature tongkangs made from wooden clogs, with the real scene of modern skyscrapers in the background, to form a surreal view that combines both past and present.
Photo courtesy of Raymond Ang