SINGAPORE- The now-familiar image of a black ribbon that frames Mr Lee Kuan Yew's profile that has inspired even car decals and brooches was created by MP Alex Yam and his team.
The Chua Chu Kang GRC MP wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday that coming up with the image started out as a "spur of the moment decision".
He said that his team worked through the night before coming up with six versions from which the final one was chosen.
He said: "We stared at it for a long time, emotions welled. Tired and emotional, but what's this compared to the work of Mr Lee."
He changed his profile photo to that of the image at 4.36am on Monday, shortly after Mr Lee's passing was announced to the public.
He said that the image started out as a mobile message and now it appears on cars, t-shirts, badges and even a temporary tattoo. Many are also using the black ribbon image as their Facebook profile photo.
Mr Yam added that the image became popular not because of its design but because of the message it conveyed, that "we honour the founding Prime Minister of Singapore in a simple, dignified way, that his memory and legacy will live, and to say #ThankYouLKY".