TWENTY-TWO sculptures depicting the famous landmarks of several countries have been set up at Esplanade, Penang.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the display themed ‘Penang Brings The World To Your Doorstep’ was aimed at spreading festive cheer during the fasting month and the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“Penangites need not travel far to see the world.
“Here, we have sculptures featuring popular landmarks such as Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral and Tower Bridge from United Kingdom, Mount
Fuji and the Chureito Pagoda from Japan, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Twelve Apostles from Australia and many others.
“Realising that travel is limited due to the interstate travel ban, the state government decided to enliven this festive season by organising such an event, ” he said at the ceremony to light up the sculptures recently.
Chow said to spur the state’s tourism in this new normal, there was a need to stimulate domestic tourism and sustain local businesses through various creative ventures through such events.
“Unesco has declared this year as International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development and we wanted to promote easy access to these industries under this theme that led to the idea for this event.
“In line with the Penang2030 vision of building a family-focused green and smart state that inspires the nation, families can get to spend quality time together when they come to check out the sculptures here.
“I hope that the display of the sculptures will boost local tourism and lift the spirits of Penangites in these trying times amid the Covid-19 pandemic.”
State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, who was also present, said the RM400,000 event would run until June and admission is free.
Love Lane Trading Sdn Bhd director Gary Ang Bak Khoon said his company had ordered the handmade weather-resistant fabric sculptures from China and it took more than 100 people ‘countless’ hours to erect them.
“Other than the famous landmarks, there are also cute sculptures of the Chinese and Western zodiac signs, ” he said.
Also on display are India’s Taj Mahal and India Gate, China’s Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China, United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, United States of America’s Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge, and France’s Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris.
Present at the launching were Senator Lim Hui Ying, Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan and Penang Island City councillor Wong Yuee Harng.