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Year of the snake ushered in with two record breaking attempts

Published on Jan 15, 2013 8:17 PM
 
A snake shaped sculpture made from about 850 yellow sky lanterns looms over passers-by along South Bridge Road on Jan 13, 2013.  -- PHOTO: AFP

This year's Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown from Jan 18 to March 11 will see not just one, but two snake figures weaving through its roads.

Designed by Singapore University of Technology and Design students and faculty, both snake sculptures aim to secure a place in the Singapore Book of Records. The first snake figure, which is over 108 metres in length, will attempt to set a record for Longest Snake Sculpture. A second sculpture made from about 850 yellow sky lanterns aims to set a record for Largest Sculpture Made From Sky Lanterns.

The 108m-long figure is located near the main arch facing Chinatown Point, while the other snake sculpture looms over passers-by along South Bridge Road.

Visitors can also look forward to a new ticketed lion dance competition on Jan 27 where lion dancers perform on stilts up to 2.5 metres high over a water platform.