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While savoring our Ben & Jerry's Chunk Fest Ice-cream at the Marina Barrage, we chanced upon the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. The Sustainable Singapore Gallery (SSG) is an information and sensory extravaganza showcasing Singapore’s efforts towards environmental sustainability. There are six galleries, each sharing a unique aspect of Singapore’s sustainable story. The galleries featured fun interactive and innovative multimedia, bringing us through how a small country with limited resources meets the needs of a fast developing community in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Gallery 1 showcases the environmental challenges of today.

Central to this gallery is the “organic tree”. Illuminated by a play of three colours, it symbolises the uncertain state of our present environment.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
On the left while entering the gallery is a feature wall made entirely from NEWater bottles.

NEWater, is ultra-clean water that has been treated with advanced membrane technologies to a very high standard. It marks an achievement in Singapore’s green efforts. Its stringent purification and treatment processes helps to ensure we enjoy a sustainable water supply as the recycled water can be reused many times over.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's vision to clean up the waters of Singapore's river.

Rewinding back a few decades, Gallery 2 recounts the clean up of the Singapore and Kallang Rivers. In the 1970s, both rivers were like open sewers, choked with rubbish and emitting an unbearable stench. Learn how Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, as Prime Minister of Singapore then, challenged a nation and brought about irrevocable change. Through the clean-up spanning ten years, witness Singapore’s development from independence towards a mature city practicing environmental awareness.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
This gallery did a great job with the reflections of mirrors and interactive sliding video panels, that featured year by year the major development of the changing face of the river clean up.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
It's funny how Wendy and I are only 3 years apart and I have vivid recollection of this historic river clean up event in Singapore. I remembered the stench and muddy colour of the Singapore River waters and the machinery brought in to scoop up the rubbish. Wendy on the other only got to know of this 10 year clean up exercise at this exhibit.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
Gallery 3 features the ABC - Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, launched by PUB in 2007.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
The exhibits allowed us to see the programme in action, as waterways throughout Singapore are revamped and beautified. We discover how these rejuvenated waters bring communities together and forge a common need to cherish this precious liquid.

I was more intrigued to find out the development of our waters and parks in the coming future. Hopefully with better park connectors, the cycling or jogging experience will be a better one. This strawberry looking boardwalk is in construction near Ming's place.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
Gallery 4 details the intricate construction and operations of the barrage dam demonstrating how the Marina Barrage works.

There's a interesting demonstration when rain falls and water builds up behind the barrage. We see the model pumps at work and learn all about the three-fold benefits of the dam.

Around this gallery are also sketch drawings of the barrage.

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
In Gallery 5, we get acquainted with Singapore’s careful planning and management of its limited land area to maximise its potential.

The sustainable development story unfolds in five chapters featuring different Singapore locations - Central Business District, Punggol 21+, Semakau Landfill, Jurong Island and Central Catchment.

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This is my favourite gallery as the interaction of the different planning is featured right beneath your feet!

Sustainable Singapore Water Gallery
Gallery 6 displays an unwavering commitment from the 3P (People, Private and Public) sectors to care for the environment and water.

I've seen this display of interactivity where a captured screen of yours will be featured on a different screen super-imposed with a message back in 2006 at the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) Innovation Singapore Exhibit.

I have to confess that this is one of the most beautiful exhibition galleries in Singapore. The message is well thought off and presented in a way both children and adults will enjoy.

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More Ben & Jerry's Chunk Fest 2009 Pictures

Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) Innovation Singapore Exhibit.

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