Saturday, September 11, 2010

Scenes - Sarikei Clock Tower - Remember the time?

Sarikei Clock Tower, 2003
Source: Han Wu Di

Remember the time when the clock tower was officially opened on 29th June 1974? Remember the time when it changed colours from beige to yellow in 2005? Remember the time when it reached its lowest point in its pendulum swing when its commemorative plaque was stolen by a scrap metal thief in 2008? Remember the time when it was left to freeze in time with crippled hands of time and a mould infested facade in the 2008-2010 period?


Sarikei Clock Tower, Jul 2010
Work in progress
Source: Lu Huong Chin



Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
Work in progress 
Source: Desmond Chen


Remember the time when its old clocks were replaced in June 2010 with digital ones? In Aug 2010, a metamorphosis happened. An artist with a ladder added new life to the forgotten sentinel of our town.


Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
Work in progress 
Source: Desmond Chen


The side facing the Rejang River is the most prone to mould. How long can this side last before the mould returns? Let's keep our fingers crossed.


Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
Work in progress 
Source: Desmond Chen


Reactions have been mixed judging from comments posted on facebook. The comments straddled both extreme ends of the spectrum. Some loved its vibrant mix of colours while others thought it was kitsch. There are always two sides to a coin.


Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
Source: Desmond Chen


The style of painting is consistent with those murals drawn on the walls of the Merdeka Park hawker centre (fauna theme) and the Nyelong River floral toilet.


Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
Work in progress 
Source: Desmond Chen


Is this just an arts display or is this a marketing positioning on eco-tourism? How does this relate back to Sarikei's value proposition of a historic centre of rich tribal tales and migrant stories, the biggest pepper exporter of the world, the biggest swarms of swallows (then), the famed pineapples of the world and the "Food Bowl of Sarawak"? What does it mean to you when you see this?



Sarikei Clock Tower, Aug 2010
The green vs the red of No 1 Bank Road.
What do you think of the contrast? 
Source: Desmond Chen


What do we want tourists to remember about Sarikei after their boats have left the Rejang River terminal? Remember the time because time will tell.





5 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I love the lovely flowers!! New idea indeed.

Anonymous said...

I think both clock tower and pineapple look great.

Nelson said...

revitalized clock tower, the big ben of sarikei.

Rollt said...

Still think KISS is the best. Just need to keep it clean would be enough.

Daniel Yiek said...

Look at the last picture: The busy green clock vs the red of No. 1 Bank Road. That's the view tourists get from the Rejang wharf.

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