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Yvonne Privitha
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

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Drink packets and other recycled items turned into mini housing estate

The New Paper | Yvonne Privitha | Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Hundreds of kindergarten students have recreated 48 of Singapore's public housing estates from 1960s to the present, using recycled Yeo's packaging and other recycled materials.

Mini swing sets made out of earphones.

Tiny footpaths crafted out of eggshell pieces.

Little swimming pools fashioned out of blue plastic bags.

These are just some of the adorable features of a large display of Singapore's public housing infrastructure made entirely of recycled materials.

Using PolyAl boards or compressed Yeo's Tetra Pak drink packets and other recycled objects, hundreds of kindergarten kids have created 48 miniature public housing estates to showcase the development of Singapore's public housing landscape from the 1960s to the present.

You can check out this 18m by 3m display, which has set a record for "the largest display of handicrafts made of PolyAl boards" in the Singapore Book of Records, at Clarke Quay Central, The Gallery on Level 1, until Aug 24.

In celebration of Singapore's 49th birthday, Yeo's collaborated with kindergartens across the island to create this artistic display, and to promote social responsibility and environmental awareness.

The children have been collecting empty packets of Yeo's drinks and other recyclable objects like plastic straws, satay sticks and cardboard pieces to build the HDB estates.

Yeo's vice-president for marketing, Ms May Ngiam, 46, was impressed at how the children managed to represent the different styles of HDB estates across the decades.

Details

"For example, in the 1960s, public housing was very basic without many amenities. But now there are more recreational spaces such as rooftop gardens and there are even solar panels on the rooftops. The children captured the details very well," she said.

The display also features a 49th housing estate to symbolise Singapore's 49th birthday - The Pinnacle@Duxton, which was created by Singapore's renowned recycling artist, Mr Akira Takahashi.

He worked on the impressive structure for a month, visiting the site six times to get all the details right. "I wanted to recreate everything from the asymmetrical windows and the 26th-floor walkway to the heritage garden and the sculptures within," he said.

Ms Ngiam said The Pinnacle represents the future of housing development in Singapore.

The guest-of-honour, Mayor of Central Singapore District and Member of Parliament, Ms Denise Phua, reminded the children of the importance of recycling and encouraged them to take pride in Singapore's public housing, which she described as an "icon" of Singapore today.

yvonnepa@sph.com.sg

This article was published on Aug 1 in The New Paper.

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