Hope for the Hopea of Changi

A magnificent 35m tall dipterocarp, the Hopea sangal of Changi was felled on 20th November 2002. A sculpture comprising nine pieces was made by the Sculpture Society from the felled tree. On 7th April 2004, Wildlife Reserves (Singapore) unveiled the Hopea sculptures in its new home at the Singapore Zoo and were presented a young sapling grown from a seed collected by nature lovers just a month before the tragic felling. The sapling, grown out by NSS members and nurtured for the last year in the loving care of zoo horticulturalists, grew into a lovely metre-high plant. As Guest-of-Honour for the Zoo's Earth Day 2005 celebrations, Dr Geh Min planted the sapling on 22nd April in the vicinity of the sculptures made from its mother tree. Addressing kids from a primary school, Dr Geh shared about the plight of the Hopea and how it had happily found a home at the zoo. It was indeed a happy occasion to see the Hopea live on in both the sculptures and the young plant and hopefully tell its story so that never again would such a mistake be made in future. Dr Geh and members visited the sculptures which stand just opposite the newly-planted Hopea sapling. She also launched the zoo's Plant Tour at the celebrations and together with members present, were treated to a tasty meal at the zoo's Forest Lodge. Thank you Singapore Zoo!

Source: Vilma D'Rozario (Nature Society)



Sculpture Society (Singapore) 28 August 2003

5 Maida Vale, Singapore, 798680


Dear All

We have great pleasure to invite you to the opening of The Sculpture
Symposium - The 150 Years Old Hopea Sangal Tree.

The Sculpture Symposium is organized by Sculpture Society (Singapore).

Co-organizers by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, National Parks Board and
supported by URA and Nature Society (Singapore).

Opening evening:

2nd September 2003

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Nanyang Acadamy of Fine Arts, Wilkie Campus

11 upper wilkie road, Singapore 228120


5.30pm Arrival of Guests

5.45pm Address by Chairman, Sculpture Society ( Singapore)

5.50pm Reception

7.00pm Farewell

Sculpture Society
Project Manager
Wang Ruo Bing