|Built by over 500 people in just 10 days, this huge LEGO replica of the Marina Bay Floating Platform can sit 25,000 personalised LEGO minifigure.|
|An NYP student, who is a part of this project, sits down and takes a break from setting up the extensive plastic brick sculpture.|
With this metaphor in mind, it’s fitting that as part of this year’s National Day Parade Celebrations, a 12x9 metres LEGO® reconstruction of the Marina Bay Floating Platform has been created (with the help of our own NYP students, of course!). This replica of the behemoth floating stadium is filled up with 25,000 customised LEGO® mini figures from donors from all over Singapore.
|Birthday wishes for Singapore are also placed on the LEGO structure.|
And what better way for NYP to celebrate National Day, then to have the splendor of the full Lego display, and also a series of wonderful performances from NYP’s various CCA groups. On 1 August, NYP students and staff were treated to a patriotic visual spectacle with performing arts at one side of the atrium, and a display of visual art at the other.
|As part of the festivities, NYP students from various CCA groups displayed their love for the nation by performing on stage.|
As my eyes feasted on the colourful art piece I wondered how this structure had to be dismantled each time it moves to a different place. To reiterate, this marvel of a LEGO® creation is MASSIVE. Although the structure isn’t taken down to its smallest of bits during travel, the work required to dismantle it is still substantial.
|To this day, no one knows what shocked the LEGO in the centre.|
|Jokes aside, be careful when you visit this extensive LEGO structure. You don't want the whole floating stadium to collapse, do you?|
This made me think about how Singapore grew from a swampy slum to a highly urbanised city. Our country, too, had been dismantled and built up over and over again. You have all heard the stories in your primary and secondary schools -Sang Nila Utama, British colonisation , World War II; Singapore’s form and structure never ceases to change.
This constant building and re-building of our country had made Singapore the success it is today. Just like the LEGO® structure which accomplished its goal of raising money for children in low income families through the ST Pocket Money Fund, Singapore has grew from its humble beginnings into a nation.
|New Year's isn't the only day for us to reflect on our lives, or on the things that happen around us. Any day is perfect for a little quiet reflection (National Days included).|
Food for thought indeed for National Day, right? Have an awesome National Day, everyone!
|Shawn Fang is a Year 2 student from Mass Media Management who aspires to be a photojournalist. Although he is starting to focus more on self-portraits, Shawn still dabbles in many different genres of photography- spanning from cloudscapes to abstract photography. Aiming to capture beauty in his shots (not just the beauty of a concept, but the beauty of life), Shawn hopes his photography could inspire people to appreciate the little things around us that make living beautiful. "Take a snapshot, and put it in your pocket" he would say!|