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Fri 16 Jan 2004

Changi sculpture - getting help

Category : Singapore Naturalist

When the Hopea sangal tree was discovered, the media celebrated. It was a rare tree may have given Changi its name and was thought to be extinct. Tours were held for the public and they learnt about the special legacy of Changi forest trees, that spoke of a time a jungle covered the land.

They reacted with incredulity when the now historic tree was cut down, and reported each subsequent stage - rescue of the logs from a sawmill, the transfer of the seedlings to an NParks nursery, the offenders getting fined more then $80,000, a sculpture symposium that produced rare timber carvings in these harsh tropical conditions. And an education programme that taught children and adults alike about trees.

Since then, we (NParks, Sculpture Symposium, NSS, URA and NUS) have been quietly hunting for space. The nine-log sculpture is now in an NParks depot, but if we are successful in placing it in NUS, the public will get to learn the story and its lessons even sooner.

Right now, we have been hunting for money for preservation of the logs, installation, transport and an education programme. Instead of simply being a lamentation, we hope to turn the sculpture into an iconic anchor that combats ignorance and celeberates the greater story of Changi's Heritage.

It's not been easy, too few of us, and missing the right know-how. So it's about time we ask for help. And I just hope we get some.

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