The National Library Board and WWF-Singapore (World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore) unveiled a tiger sculpture entitled “Tribal Gold” at the Choa Chu Kang Public Library at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall as part of efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Tribal Gold: Tiger at Choa Chu Kang Public Library
The tiger sculpture was created by Temenggong Artists-In-Residence x Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The gold colour represents how precious Malayan tigers are and the textured tribal and topographical lines signify an abstract representation of their natural habitat in Malaysia. The tiger’s red paw signifies the tiger’s critically endangered status and is also meant to be a beacon of hope in humanity’s efforts to eliminate the poaching of tigers globally.
The golden tiger sculpture was donated by the Board of Directors and Supporters of WWF-Singapore. It marks a long-time partnership between the National Library Board and WWF-Singapore to raise public awareness of environment issues and wildlife conservation.
The Chao Chu Kang Public Library was chosen because of its “(Re)Connect with Nature” theme. It was recently recognised as “Best Green Library 2022” by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
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Learn from the Tiger
The golden tiger sculpture has also been incorporated into library’s Augmented Reality Learning Trail, which takes patrons on a journey to learn more about wildlife species and natural landscapes in Singapore.
By scanning a QR code at the sculpture, patrons can also access a Curiocity interactive story map that will cover a story on Singapore’s last wild tiger reported as shot and killed in Choa Chu Kang in 1930.
Educate and Engage
Ng Cher Pong, the Chief Executive Officer of NLB, said, “Our collaborations with WWF-Singapore over the years have allowed our libraries to offer our patrons a deeper learning and discovery experience in the areas of environmental issues, sustainable living and wildlife conservation. Today’s donation by the Board of Directors and Supporters of WWF-Singapore marks another major milestone towards deepening this partnership. We will continue to work with like-minded partners like WWF-Singapore to build a Learning Marketplace that can support our patrons’ lifelong learning needs.”
WWF-Singapore’s CEO, R. Raghunathan, added on, “We are happy to work with the NLB to unveil today, the tiger sculpture titled “Tribal Gold” for everyone’s viewing pleasure at the Choa Chu Kang Public Library. WWF-Singapore believes that art is a persuasive medium to educate and engage people on the important issues of climate change, and nature and biodiversity loss. We believe that our partnership with the NLB will bring forth many more initiatives in the future that will continue to spread awareness and inspire more people to protect and conserve nature.”
The tiger sculpture can be found along Choa Chu Kang Public Library’s Community Wall. Find out more about what to expect at Choa Chu Kang Public Library.