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The Merlion was struck by lightning on 28th February, during an afternoon thunderstorm. Parts of the top of the sculpture were damaged, as was the new glass sculpture base, in the shape of waves. (which replaced the original mosaic tile waves of Merlion artist Lim Nang Seng). See the news report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao82w-_GEC0
As of March 15, the Merlion still is surrounded by scaffolding.
We like this capture by Keropok Man, with the profiles of Marina Sands coming up in the background. As befitting a national icon, there have been some consumer media responses posted online, including a video reconstruction of the incident and a couple of nice sketches here and here of the post-strike Merlion.