Saturday June 16, 2012
King of sculptures
By KOW KWAN YEE
email@example.com Photos by LIM BENG TATT
PEDESTRIANS and motorists passing by Jalan Datuk Keramat were seen slowing down to catch a glimpse of a giant durian replica erected in front of the Chin Ho Plaza in Penang Times Square.
Measuring 3.7m in height by 3.4m in width, the eye-catching structure was put up to promote a durian festival organised by the mall from yesterday to July 1.
The mall’s general manager Yeap Chin Chong said: “The durian festival is held from 11am to 9pm.
“Besides promoting the durian festival, we also wanted to create a unique icon in inner city George Town.”
He said this after checking on workers putting up the durian replica yesterday.
Yeap said six artists took 12 days to put together the structure which cost about RM8,000.
He also said the structure was partially sponsored by AirAsia and Colgate Plax.
Penang Times Square visual display manager Dennis Chan said the durian replica was made from polyfoam and brackets were installed on the structure so that it could withstand strong winds and bad weather.
“We carved, cut and sawed the polyfoam to get the durian shape.
“And we used sandpaper to smooth the surface before painting on it,” said Chan.
A Singaporean tourist, who wished to be only known as Danny, 48, said his wife posed for a photograph in front of the replica structure because the couple found it interesting and the replica looked like a real gigantic durian.
Endorsed by the Tourism Ministry and jointly organised by the Penang Agricultural Department, the festival features six durian vendors taking up a total of 12 booths promoting their best durians and other local fruits.
There will be a durian buffet available at RM50 per pax during the festival from Monday to Thursday until June 28.
Those with AirAsia boarding pass dated from June 15 to June 28 will be entitled to a 20% discount on the buffet.
Details, call 04-2109020 or log on to the Penang Times Square facebook page.