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.
What is a Kolam Artwork?
Kolam (கோலம்) is a South Indian style of painting. The art uses rice flour, chalk powder, or white rock powder with colored powders.
A traditional Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of circles, curved loops, drawn with a grid pattern of dots. Brightly colored, complex and attractive Kolams are the draw for festivals like Deepavali.
The Kolam 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 beauty.
A hundred volunteers worked together relentlessly to create the masterpiece. The team spent 19 days planning 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 colored 87 bags of desiccated coconut flakes weighing 435kg.
The styrofoam board was assembled in the resort’s largest free-form swimming pool to turn into a 638.02 sq 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.
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 resort’s history 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.
Malaysia Book of Records Certification for the Kolam
The marshals and the designers checked and ensured all the pieces were 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.
Biggest Floating Kolam Artwork Project Data
Design: Featuring a peacock with a crown and the ‘S’ logo of Shangri-La, lotus flowers and fresh pompom chrysanthemums
Materials: 87 bags of desiccated coconut flakes weighing 435 kg;
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 International College Penang.
Number of Attempts: One (1)
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