Wonderland 3D mural breaks Malaysia Book of Records
By Jude Toyat
Sarawakian artists are fortunate to have beautiful scenery as well as an enriching culture and community from which they can derive their inspiration from.
“Arts can be a platform that reflects the harmony which exist between us and help propagate the harmonious relationships, as well as Sarawak cultures to other parts of the world. If we can appreciate the arts, we can also appreciate the harmony,” said Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg in his speech during the certificate handover ceremony for the Malaysia Book of Records held on Jan 9 at Boulevard Shopping Mall.
The certificate was received by Sarawak Artists Society (SAS) vice president Gerald Goh in recognition of the Enchant 3D Wonderland mural being the biggest 3D mural in Malaysia by the Malaysia Book of Records.
More than 100 participants had taken part in rendering the record-breaking mural including students and lecturers of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Lim Kok Wing University and SEGi College, local artists as well as invited artist Professor Luis Gomez Rincon from University of Zulia, Venezuela.
The magnificent mural is a direct product of the World Arts Convention 2014 which came about after Goh, who represented Malaysia in the World Delphic Games in 2009 among 40 countries in South Korea, was deeply inspired by how other nations celebrated the arts.
He realised then that a much larger audience could be addressed by combining arts with Sarawak’s diverse culture, rich heritage and resources.
Hence, with collaborative efforts from SAS together with Impression Sarawak (ISK), the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Ministry of Tourism (MOT), SAS hosted Borneo’s First World Arts Convention 2014 held in Kuching late last year.
The convention featured a series of presentations in forum sessions by renowned artists from home and abroad focusing on art and tourism.
Goh said the convention was a tremendous success and hopes to make it an annual event, bringing together Sarawak Convention Bureau and Sarawak Tourism Board as well as other relevant partners. Lingual Arts, Performing Arts, Fashion and any other forms of ART genres Sarawak hails to excel in the very near future will also to be included.
Goh added, “As an artist, I always have a dream, big time; that one day, when one thinks of art, they will think of Sarawak like we all think of Paris or London or some big cities, and hope to establish Sarawak with a unique recognition as the new art hub.”
He also thanked the Boulevard Shopping Mall, their event partner and co-organiser of the 3D Mural Art. Based on visitor records, some 80,000 people had come during the opening hours of the events.
Also attended the certificate presentation ceremony were Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Sarawak Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Chairman of Padawan Municipal Council Cr. Lo Khere Chiang, Director of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Suriya Charles Buas, UiTM Rector Prof Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali, Boulevard Function and Marketing Manager Alecia Lam, and Malaysia Book of Records officer Suhaila Shamsuddin.