Birds on Botero by Sharmayne Ng, a graphic designer and illustrator from Singapore, is a humorous social commentary on the relationship between local Singaporeans and foreigners.
The work draws similarities between the Javan myna birds and foreigners living in Singapore. Both are not native to Singapore, but are very common in the country and have reportedly been overcrowding areas. They have drawn flak from citizens for being noisy and disturbing the peace. Similarly, they are touted as competitive species that threaten their local counterparts. Although their presence may not at all times be wanted, it is undeniable that they are a distinctive part of Singapore.
Fernando Botero sculpted the fat, bronze Bird that sits on the UOB Plaza near Raffles Place in 1990. It was designed to represent the joy of living and the power of optimism.