SINGAPORE - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) became the first company to present the nation with a 50th birthday gift on Tuesday, in the form of a drawing of Singapore's skyline by autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire.
SPH's chairman Lee Boon Yang presented the artwork to President Tony Tan Keng Yam, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Singapore City Gallery where it will stay on display for public viewing.
The panoramic artwork was drawn by Mr Wiltshire in July this year, in a five-day event called See The Big Picture which attracted more than 150,000 visitors.
SPH has given the merchandising rights of the artwork to Pathlight School, which has produced postcards, lacquerware and notebooks with the image.
These products will be sold at the school's Pathlight Mall from Tuesday, with all net proceeds of the sales going to the Autism Resource Centre.
President Tony Tan will also sign on limited editions of the Singapore skyline reprints to raise funds for this year's President's Challenge.
Dr Lee said: "SPH is pleased to have been able to commission Stephen Wiltshire to draw Singapore's skyline as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations and to bring the Big Picture to all Singaporeans."
"As an active corporate citizen, we are glad that we are able to take this opportunity to also raise funds for several charitable causes".