PETALING JAYA, January 31 – Malaysian artist Alice Chang Oi Lai is disappointed that her sculptures of a Malayan tiger family at Kuala Lumpur’s Kwai Chai Hong have been damaged for the third time this year.
Known affectionately to his clients as Lai, the tiger sculptures installed on January 11 are part of his ‘Live Wild and Prosper’ theme which was designed to raise awareness of saving Malayan tigers in conjunction with the Year of the Tiger. .
The first time the tigers were damaged by irresponsible people was January 17, the second time was January 20, while the third time the tigers were damaged was two days ago.
“Frankly, I was in disbelief and I was more shocked than angry because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“When the first ‘injury’ happened I wasn’t too shocked as I thought it was an act of negligent people on a more fragile part of the sculpture – and that’s fine.
“But when I saw this, I was so surprised and felt sad, disappointed and angry.
“We need to educate more people to educate and respect art,” Lai said. malaysian mail.
She added that she and Kwai Chai Hong’s team then met to solve this problem, which led them to put bandages around the “injured” parts of the tiger to educate the public.
Zeen Chang, managing partner of Kwai Chai Hong, said malaysian mail CCTV footage showed people climbing on the sculptures while others tried to sit on the tigers made of materials such as a metal frame and wire mesh.
“We needed to protect the art and so we put up a guard to prevent people from committing such acts while the others sprang into action to sketch out ways to add a barricade surrounding the sculpture.
“In two days, we started building the barricade made from the tiger’s natural habitat, such as rocks, stones and fallen branches,” she said.
Chang added that she hopes others will learn from this experience and learn to appreciate the art and know the importance of saving the real Malayan tigers from extinction.