Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang

The biggest Floating Kolam Artwork entry into Malaysia Book of Records is a joint effort by Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Penang, the Penang Hindu Association (PHA), The Temple of Fine Arts and Inti International College Penang.

In conjunction with Deepavali or Diwali, this community project introduces the beautiful art of the Indian Kolam,

KOLAM

Kolam (கோலம்) is a South Indian style of painting. The art uses rice flour, chalk powder or white rock powder with coloured powders.

A traditional Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composing of circles, curved loops, drawn with a grid pattern of dots. Brightly coloured, complex and attractive Kolams are the draw for festivals like Deepavali.

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
A banner for the largest floating kolam in the pool

THE PEACOCK DESIGN

In Hinduism, the symbol of the peacock carries portents of Nobility, Holiness, Guidance, Protection and Watchfulness. The peacock is a symbol of integrity and the beauty.

A hundred volunteers worked together relentlessly to create the masterpiece. The team spent 19 days to plan the artwork from start to end. A total of 117 hours!

It was a mammoth task to coordinate. The project started with 47 pieces of styrofoam cut into various shapes and sizes to form the base. Volunteers coloured 87 bags of desiccated coconut flakes weighing 435kg.

The volunteers took turns to glue the desiccated coconut onto the styrofoam board based on the design. They applied 37.9kg of sticker glue and sprinkled the desiccated coconut by colour onto the design.

The styrofoam board were assembled in the resort’s largest free-form swimming pool to turn into a 638.02sq m canvas. The volunteers scattered 5,000 bulbs of fresh pompon chrysanthemums flowers to float in the swimming pool.

Their effort to create the beautiful kolam within a kolam (meaning swimming pool in Malay) is to be applauded. The beautiful ‘kolam’ of a giant peacock looked resplendent.

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
A group of men in a swimming pool assembling the Kolam.
Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
A group of women dancing

JOYOUS CELEBRATION

Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort’s hotel manager, Noel D’Couto said the project was a joint effort of the community of volunteers working together. It is an unprecedented in the history of the resort and a proud moment for everyone who took part.
“Coming together as a community, with unity and teamwork is priceless. The volunteers came together for such a meaningful cause. This will be a memorable experience for everyone as they prepare for the coming Deepavali celebrations,” he added.
Present were PHA chairman V. Palanisamy and Penang Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa and Golden Sands Resort general manager Elaine Yue-Wibisana.

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
Golden Sands Resort, Penang by Shangri-La earned an entry in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) with the largest floating ‘kolam’ in Malaysia.

MALAYSIA BOOK OF RECORDS CERTIFICATION

The marshals and the designers checked and ensure all the pieces are in position and conduct minor touch-ups and add-ons (if necessary) to the “Kolam”.

Officials from Malaysia Book of Record confirmed the attempt and ensured all specifications and measurements are correct based on the details of submission and application. This amazing feat was certified by MBOR deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward Jamuh Abdullah.

Golden Sands Resort earned an entry in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) for constructing The Largest Floating “Kolam” in Malaysia, a week ahead of Deepavali celebrations.

A traditional ‘tabla’ or Indian drum and classical Indian dances were performed to celebrate the successful MBOR attempt.

The project cost RM25, 000. The kolam was displayed until noon before it was removed.

The resort’s communications director Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman said the desiccated coconut flakes would be reused for other projects.

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
A violinist and table musician performing during the event.
Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
Close up of a floating kolam of a peacock with lotus flowers
Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
The ‘S’ Shangri-la logo floating in a swimming pool.
Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
Another view
Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
View of the kolam in the swimming pool with a reflection of the sky above

BIGGEST FLOATING KOLAM ARTWORK PROJECT DATA

Design: Featuring a peacock with crown and the ‘S’ logo of Shangri-La, lotus flowers and fresh pompom chrysanthemums

Materials: 87 bags of desiccated coconut flakes weighing 435kg;
37.9kg of sticker glue,
47 pieces of polystyrene and
5,000 bulbs of fresh pompon chrysanthemums

Method of preparation
The peacock design is drawn on large pieces styrofoam board. The desiccated coconut flakes are coloured and dried. Volunteers glued the desiccated coconut onto the styrofoam board. The boards are assembled in the swimming pool. This is touched up as necessary. Marshals and designers to check and ensure all the pieces are in position and conduct minor touch-ups and add-ons (if necessary) to the “Kolam”.

Preparation Venue: Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Penang’s car park
Installation Venue: Largest free-form pool in Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, Penang
Time: 117 hours (10 days planning the artwork and nine days of executing)
No of Participants: 100 volunteers
Volunteers: Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, the Penang Hindu Association (PHA), The Temple of Fine Arts and Inti Inter¬national College Penang.
Number of Attempts: One (1)

CERTIFICATION

Officials from Malaysia Book of Records: Mohamad Alex Edward Jamuh Abdullah and Nurasyikin Ramli
Time start: At 8.00am volunteers start assembling the styrofoam pieces in the pool.

Completion time: 11:30 a.m.
The crowning of the peacock and assembly of the Shangri-La’s Logo marks the completion of the Biggest Floating Kolam Artwork.
This amazing feat was certified by MBOR deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward Jamuh Abdullah.

Display Time: 10am until 12noon

Project Cost: RM25, 000

Floating Kolam Artwork | Golden Sands Resort, Penang
An aerial view of the floating kolam of a peacock in the swimming pool