Considered as one of the iconic landmarks of Singapore, the massive Fountain of Wealth is situated in the grounds of the country’s largest complex, Suntec City, which consists of trade, entertainment, exhibition and business centres. Towering at 13.8m, the massive construction weighing 85 tons and occupying an area of 1683 square metres was enlisted in the Guinness Book of Records in 1998, as the largest fountain in the world. The People of the country believe that the fountain symbolizes wealth and life and performing a simple ritual at the fountain can draw wealth and prosperity into that person’s life.
As with the majority of structures in Singapore, the Fountain of Wealth, together with the main Suntec City was constructed according to Taoist Feng Shui practices. It is made of silicon bronze, a combination that represents the path to success and wealth and consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 metres supported on four large slanted columns. The whole structure was designed, manufactured and installed in 1995, by the DCG Design and Meridian Projects from Melbourne, Australia. The four bearings symbolize four basic nations that make up city-state’s population, as well as its four major religions. According to the Hindu beliefs, the ring embodies spiritual unity, equality and harmony between all the communities.
From the top of the complex, the fountain looks like a huge human hand. Its fingers and the thumb are the five unusually shaped skyscrapers and a tower and the fountain spouts from its centre, the palm. The flow of water also follows the Feng Shui principle, which means, the water flows not from the center to the outer extremities, instead drains down into the centre. In Chinese culture, water symbolizes wealth and life and thus, the inward movement of water signifies the accumulation of wealth for the Suntec City, for which the fountain earned its name.
The dazzling fountain offers a grand show of the jets of water cascading down rhythmically from the ring. However, during the nightly laser shows the centre of the fountain also boasts a medium-sized water screen, as well as a large jet of water, which is turned on time-to-time, as water spouts higher than the top of the ring.
Around four times a day, the flow of water is switched off from the huge fountain, to provide opportunity to the visitors to walk around a mini fountain, situated at the base of the main fountain. People believe that, going around this mini fountain three times while sinking the right hand in the water will fulfill their material wish.
The base of the fountain, measuring 1683 square metres, houses the restaurant area of the magnificent Suntec City, where the visitors can dine happily while enjoying the splendid view of the Fountain.