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President Tony Tan helps memory artist to sketch Singapore's cityscape

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:47 PM

SINGAPORE - Under the guidance of British artist Stephen Wiltshire, President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday added a few pen strokes to a building - part of a panoramic drawing of the Singapore cityscape.

The President was visiting Mr Wiltshire at Paragon shopping mall, where the latter has spent the past two days sketching the city from memory. He took an hour-long helicopter ride on Tuesday to get an aerial view of Singapore's skyline.

Accompanying the president was British High Commissioner Antony Phillipson, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) chairman Peter Ho, URA chief executive Ng Lang and National Heritage Board chief executive Rosa Daniel.

Crowds gathered at Paragon's main atrium to watch Mr Wiltshire in action and to view an exhibition featuring 18 of his famous works, such as sketches of cityscapes and landmarks in London, New York, Venice and Rio de Janeiro.

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