1,600 black-and-white animals cause pandamonium at Publika
It's the kind of flash mob you don't want to miss
There's no better way to get the public to pay attention to environmental issues than to put 1,600 papier-mâché pandas on parade – short of getting real pandas involved, of course.
The pandas made Publika the final stop in their Malaysia tour to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development. The number roughly represents the population of living pandas left in the world, highlighting just how endangered the bamboo shoot-eating animals are.
In addition to the regular statues, French sculptor Paulo Grangeon also made seven Malaysia-themed pandas for the exhibition. The trishaw, wau (moon-kite), congkak, badminton, wayang kulit (shadow puppets), bunga raya (Hibiscus) and gasing (top) all feature in the special-edition pandas. A few normal pandas have been placed at a designated Hug Hug Panda Zone for people to take photos.
The Hibiscus and badminton pandas (Photo: Writer's own)
Many ask if they can take a panda home (we are not exempt). The pandas are actually not for sale, but through an online adoption programme, you stand a chance to keep a panda for a RM150 donation, which goes to WWF Malaysia's conservation fund. You can register your interest from 15 January 2015. Visit the 1600 Pandas MY Facebook page for more details.
Designer Jimmy Choo and badminton star Lee Chong Wei were among the celebrity guests who attended the launch of the exhibition this morning. The 1600 Pandas World Tour in Malaysia: Initiating the Culture of Creative Conservation exhibition runs from today until 25 January 2015 at Publika.