This painting by Zhu Hong nicely reflects the artist’s iconic style of painting in the watercolour medium. Zhu Hong places a great emphasis on the free and daring application of colours as compared to the realistic or precise portrayal of buildings. In this composition, the construction site and towering crane along Clive Street take central stage. This decision is hardly observed in alternate paintings of street scenes as many artists are inclined to portray a beautiful and refined composition. Comparatively, this painting reflects the true state that Singapore is currently in, where there is an strong emphasis on rapid modernisation of the city.
In 2013, Zhu Hong held an exhibition titled “Portraits of Singapore” at the Beijing Art Museum and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre. In 2019, 40 oil paintings by Zhu Hong were showcased at Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery at an exhibition titled “Emerging with Colours”.