Over the Horizon – Wang Ruobing’s art installation of plastic waste from shores of Singapore! (Until 3rd Apr 2016)

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News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore


Over the Horizon is an installation work by the artist Wang Ruobing using plastic marine debris collected from Singapore shores at at Changi, Pasir Ris Parks, Kranji, Sungei Pandan, Seletar North Link, Lim Chu Kang and Pulau Ubin.

Her artwork can be viewed from 4th February to 3rd April 2016 at the Esplanade concourse. Wach the video here:

About the installation:

“The most commonly used everyday material since the beginning of the 20th century, plastic is non-biodegradable and often ends up floating in the oceans for years before breaking down into environmentally-damaging microplastic.

Over the Horizon is a site-specific installation dealing with plastic pollution. Made from plastic waste collected from Singapore’s coastlines, creating an elevated viewing platform on which audiences can observe kinetic plastic-waste waves, it explores this global issue, highlighting the interdependency of individual activities.

Artist/ curator/ researcher Wang Ruobing’s practice often explores how nature/environment is a source of disjuncture…

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Rainforest Wildlife in Singapore by Loy Xingwen

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How many of these species have you seen? Here is a gorgeous graphic and accompanying text by Loy Xingwen on some of the species that can be found in our rainforests.


Our rainforests are home to a myriad of native flora and fauna, some found nowhere else the world. Here are 40 species that live in Singaporean rainforests. These include species from Bukit Timah nature reserve, the Central Catchment nature reserves (around MacRitchie, Lower and Upper Peirce, Upper Seletar reservoirs), Bukit Batok Nature Park and our numerous offshore islands, including Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.

1 Common rose, Pachliopta aristolochiae
2 Red-crowned barbet, Psilopogon rafflesii
3 Staghorn fern, Platycerium coronarium
4 Wagler’s pit viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri
5 Rambutan, Nephelium lappaceum
6 Oriental pied hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris
7 Colugo, Galeopterus variegatus
8 Black and gold cicada, Huechys fusca
9 Red hanguana, Hanguana rubinea
10 Leopard cat, Prionailurus bengalensis

11 Green crested lizard, Bronchocela cristatella
12 Clouded monitor, Varanus nebulosus
13 Sunda pangolin, Manis javanica
14 Tembusu, Cyrtophyllum fragrans
15 Powdery sulphur bolete, Pulveroboletus ravenelli
16 Giant forest scorpion, Heterometrus longimanus
17 Spiny hill turtle, Heosemys spinosa
18 Copper-cheeked frog, Hylarana labialis
19 Trilobite beetle, Platerodrilus ruficollis
20 Harlequin rasbora, Trigonostigma heteromorpha

21 White rot fungus, Lentinus sajor-caju
22 Long-horned orb-weaver, Macracantha arcuata
23 Yellow-footed polypore, Microporus xanthopus
24 Malayan horned frog, Megophrys nasuta
25 Singapore freshwater crab, Johora singaporensis
26 Petai, Parkia speciosa
27 Kelumpang burung, Sterculia parviflora
28 Giant forest ant, Camponotus gigas
29 Long-tailed macaque, Macaca fascicularis
30 Lesser mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil

31 Singapore walking stick palm, Rhopaloblaste singaporensis
32 Banded woodpecker, Chrysophlegma miniaceum
33 Bat lily, Tacca integrifolia
34 Bioluminescent fungi, Filoboletus manipularis
35 Seraya, Shorea curtisii
36 Tiger orchid, Grammatophyllum speciosum
37 Greater racket-tailed drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus
38 Trefoil horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus trifoliatus
39 Atlas moth, Attacus atlas
40 Singapore green tree snail, Amphidromous atricallosus temasek

Designed by Loy Xingwen. With special thanks to Yeo Wei Liang Jeremy and Ming Jie Loh.

Born and raised in Singapore, Loy is a plant ecologist by profession and an artist by choice. Jeremy loves exploring Singapore’s natural areas, and is a biologist and avid nature photographer. Ming Jie is a practising arborist. Together, they hope to help raise public awareness and appreciation for Singapore’s rich biodiversity. They are working on making to make posters available for purchase so watch this space for more updates.
In the meantime, if you like their art, help them by sharing this graphic on Facebook, Instagram etc!

Talk by Dr Kae Kawanishi: Conservation of Critically Endangered Malayan Tigers – 4pm, Weds 27 Jan, NUS

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Dr Kae Kawanishi is a tiger biologist and General Manager of the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT). She is a strong advocate of partnerships between governments, NGOs and civil society for wildlife conservation. Come find out about the threats faced by the surviving 300 critically endangered Malayan Tigers and what people living in Singapore are doing to safeguard a critical tiger habitat from poaching and deforestation.

Date: 27 January 2016, Wednesday
Time: 4PM – 5PM
Venue: SIM University, 461 Clementi Road at LT B.5.03 (Blk B Level 5)

If you are interested, please register at:

 More info on (MYCAT)

Challenges to tiger conservation are multi-faceted and finding solutions to the problems faced by the species requires an integrated conservation approach, which is the foundation of the establishment of MYCAT in September 2003.

MYCAT is an alliance of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Programme and WWF-Malaysia, supported by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia for joint implementation of the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan for Malaysia.

Support them by purchasing 2016 calendars on the MYCAT website.

mycat calendar


Creative Responses to Sustainability Guide – Singapore edition launched

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Deforestation, climate change, corruption, mass extinction. Can we trust governments and corporations (particularly in Asia) to take the necessary steps to deal with these issues? Scientists are often unwilling/unable/ineffective in taking action outside of academia to create social changes needed to address these problems, particularly in Asia.

Creative Responses to Sustainability is part of a new series of guides for different countries in Asia and proposes that:

“Artists, however, have a unique ability to respond, often taking the role of pioneers, or even activists. They can also take a position of addressing issues in a (more) ‘free’ realm and may therefore have the ‘response-ability’ to react on what needs to change, or how we can change it. The word ‘response-ability’ is used here deliberately, as originated by philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, and refers to having a unique and creative ability to respond to something, this being the essence of the reasonable being [1]. Just as the European Renaissance exploded during the 14th century, artists can be at the forefront of igniting 21st century social and environmental transformations.”

“Many developing countries see technological innovations as the answer for shaping these new societies. ‘Technology is going to save us’, is a recurrent phrase. However, more and more artists are moving in exactly the opposite direction, focusing on projects related to craft, gardens and working with communities, taking a strong interest in our changing environment. These artists do not think that technology is the answer to all our problems, but that an important part of moving towards a sustainable future is related to social, cultural, human, low tech solutions. Developing alternative structures to our current system requires a change in the way we live, embracing low tech, human solutions, as well as high tech innovations?”

Research aims of the guide are:
1. To build the foundation for an Asian ‘knowledge alliance’, an informal network of artists,
curators and arts managers supporting each other and working in the field of sustainability.
2. To provide artists and arts professionals with an overview of potential partners to engage
with on these issues in other countries and regions.
3. To influence cultural policymaking to allow more opportunities for artists to collaborate
with each other on issues related to social and environmental responsibilities.
“Climate change and other environmental disruptions do not acknowledge borders. How do we, as nations, deal with a problem without borders? To instigate real change we need to be collaborating globally on as many levels as possible.”
The first in the series, the Singapore Guide maps cultural initiatives across Singapore engaging with social and environmental issues. This guide is not meant for scientists but this is an area of collaboration for every scientist to consider: we need new ways of communication/education to build communities that understand the consequences of their day-to-day actions. Citizens as scientists not just in the conventional sense of carrying out research but in critically thinking about how our  species impacts other species and the world we live in.

This series of guides builds on previous discussions at the Green Art Lab Alliance and ASEF’s Connect2Culture program.



Wildlife Art Exhibition – 7 to 15 Nov @ Mandala Fine Art Gallery

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Mandala Fine Art gallery is organizing Asia’s largest wildlife Art exhibition in Singapore. Focusing on conservation, works by 36 world renowned wildlife master artists from 15 countries including USA, Holland, Italy, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India & Malaysia will be exhibited.

WWF and Shark Savers are the official partners of this exhibition and they are aiming to raise $100,000 to fund appointed projects of both organizations. Buy art and support wildlife conservation!

For more info on the event and conservation projects to be funded:

The ONCA Centre for Arts & Ecology, UK

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From 3D project map of happiness in Brighton []

A Kickstarter funded art gallery that is located in Brighton, the ONCA Gallery’s mission is “to inspire creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change.” Their aims are:

1. To raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues through the arts.

2. To promote educational initiatives relating to art and conservation.

3. To raise funds to support conservation projects.

Their activities include events like an interdisciplinary and interactive debate about the relationship between fantastical stories and ecological activity that was part of the Exile: A Living of Forest exhibition, or Seedy Sunday seed swap and art exhibition.  Also interesting posts on their site e.g. on pangolins and TCM,

What a cool space and also something new that we need in addressing wildlife and environmental issues!