A SAND sculpture of the endangered Malayan tiger now welcomes visitors and market- goers at the entrance of Chowrasta market.
The artwork by Penang-born artist Ikhwan Saloot, 29, is on display until April 30.
“There are only 250 Malayan tigers left in the country and it is near extinction.
“People should care and be concerned about this famous icon of our country.
“Many organisations and companies pick tigers for their logos,” said the landscape architecture master’s student, who is said to be the only active sand sculptor in Malaysia.
The sand sculpture was built to educate and raise awareness on the extinction of wildlife, especially the Malayan Tiger, in conjunction with Earth Day 2019.
It was an effort between Ikhwan and Penang Island City Council (MBPP).
Ikhwan said it took him five days to create the sculpture made of sand and water.
“It is very fragile, as 99.9% of the materials used are disposable items. Please do not touch it.
“About a tonne of fine river sand was used in it.
“After the display here, we can rebuild some other sculptures using the same sand,” said the part-time sand sculptor.
MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang Yew, who launched the event, said although the tiger looks fierce, it is on the verge of extinction.
“It is our responsibility to take care of them and protect the ecosystem so that our future generations can still see them,” he said.
Yew also urged the people to stop using single-use plastics as it took years for them to decompose.
“The fish eat the plastic which remain in their stomachs.
“And when we eat them, the plastic will then go into our stomachs,” he said.
A total of 34 pupils from SK Convent Green Lane also came for the launching and were excited to see the sand sculpture.
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