Largest number of lanterns for Chinese New Year light-up
The coming Chinese New Year (CNY) light-up will be something to crow about.
The year of the rooster will see the largest number of handcrafted lanterns ever used in a CNY light-up here.
About 4,000 lanterns will brighten up the streets of Chinatown from Jan 7 onwards.
The light-up will also feature a rooster that is 12m tall, 7m wide and 100m long.
The light display was designed by students from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in collaboration with Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC).
Loo Jun Wen, 21, a first-year SUTD student, told The New Paper: "As one walks down Eu Tong Sen Street, the light-up will culminate in a magnificent rooster, with outspread wings, welcoming the new year.
"This represents how one grows through life's trials and emerges better and stronger and, as a whole, symbolises the taking off of everyone's collective dreams and aspirations in the new year."
The piecing of the huge rooster will be the biggest challenge for the craftsmen, said project manager Zheng Xing Cai, 43, who is from Sichuan, China.
"The rooster is very long and tall, so we had to form it part by part. To transport the parts is not easy, considering that the traffic around the area is quite heavy as well," he said.