Have some Paw-tastic fun at the Malay Heritage Centre!
Love cute cats, art and want to learn some Malay proverbs? Or looking for something to do with the kiddos?
Why not visit 'Paw-verbs on the Lawn' at the Malay Heritage Centre.
The open art installation by Japanese artist Juno of @Mofu_sand and the Malay Heritage Centre features over two dozen cat artworks and is located on the lawn right in front of the centre.
Explore the grounds and discover beloved and perhaps lesser-known peribahasa (or proverbs) scattered across the grassy compounds of the MHC. These proverbs are however all cat-related - thus the name Paw Verbs!
Some familiar proverbs that you may notice are:
Serta lalu kuching, tikus tidak berdetik. (When the cat is around, the mouse will not squeak.) Meaning: With the arrival of someone who instills fear, those who fear the person will keep silent.
An almost opposite of this comes in the English form: When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Seperti anjing dan kuching. (Like a dog with a cat.) Meaning: Two persons who are always quarrelling.
With over 30 artworks, you are bound to find your favourite ones. The works are quite locally-themed too - meaning that you will see a cat with a durian, another sitting on a toast with an egg, and even one sliding on an old school elephant slide.
Mine would definitely be the toast and egg, the Starbucks one, the sad cat and his lone mouse, the one with the shark and the one with the satchel.
Actually, I love them all!
Besides admiring the artworks, there is also a souvenir that you can bring back - if you like to go on a little mini hunt to find the ‘Cat of the Week’.
Head to the visitors centre to get a sticker which allows you entry into the permanent galleries inside. Entry is free for all Singaporeans and permanent residents. Once inside, look for the mystery ‘Cat of the Week’, and snap a photo with it. Show it to the lovely staff at the end of your gallery visit and you will receive a special token to put into this huge gumball capsule machine, where you will get a capsule and a surprise cat badge in it!
Step 1: Explore MHC’s permanent galleries to find the hidden sticker.
Step 2: Take a selfie with the ‘Cat of the Week’!
Step 3: Post your photo on FB or IG and tag @malayheritage and #findpawverbs.
Step 4: Show your selfie and your social media posting to the staff.
Step 5: Redeem a token and have fun at the gumball capsule machine!
This activity is part of MHC's Paw-verbs on the Lawn installation.
Do note that the prizes are random and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Capsules which will be reused also cannot be brought home - just the button!
Visit every week and try to collect them all!
Aside from admiring the clever artworks and being creatively inspired yourself, the installation also provides visitors with an educational insight into Malay proverbs and the Malay language.
Indeed, it was a nice and fun way for me to brush up on my “peribahasa” - something which I have not done since I was 12, and proverbs was an essential part my PSLE Malay language exam paper.
In addition, having the ‘Cat of the Week’ sticker hidden within the permanent galleries inside also allowed me explore the Malay heritage within the building, while also taking a respite from the sun outside. Even on weekday afternoon, I noticed many folks (families with young kids, grandparents, and even many young millennials) coming in intermittently to check out the artworks.
A wonderful exhibit for the young and old!
Paw-verbs on the Lawn is happening at the Malay Heritage Centre from now until 30 May 2021. The centre located at 85 Sultan Gate, is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10am-6pm. Last entry is at 5.30pm.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the Malay Heritage Centre.
For more information about the artist, visit Mofu Sand.
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