It’s a small world

> Look for­ward to Malaysia's largest in­door minia­ture ex­hi­bi­tion

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bar­ri­ers. We want to give visi­tors a dif­fer­ent feel which al­lows them to ‘go into’ the scenes and feel con­nected to the mod­els. We want to ed­u­cate them that this is a new con­cept and for them to keep it alive, they need to play a role. “We will al­low you to touch the mod­els but you need to han­dle with care. It is now up to us how we want to ed­u­cate and my team sug­gested to run it for a few months to see if this con­cept works,” Wan said. Ex­plain­ing why it took eight years to com­plete, Wan said not all the mod­els could be bought off the shelf and the 3D printer was very ex­pen­sive at one time. Only re­cently, the price dropped mak­ing the project vi­able as they had to de­sign and build every­thing. With the 3D printer, Wan and his team could go as de­tailed as they want.

“The struc­tures are hand­made where each printed piece is com­bined to make it. The peo­ple here man­aged to sal­vage some parts to make some of the build­ings. For ex­am­ple, the surau is made from spoiled pieces from other places and the team man­aged to join, spray paint and put it up.”

The main ma­te­rial used is plas­tic but the ex­hi­bi­tion also has real rocks and stones as well as wood and wires. The trees are made from sponges soaked in dif­fer­ent shades of colours and blended to cre­ate it, while the padi fea­ture is made from cut­ting up a broom.

The main chal­lenge faced is staffing. Wan got many friends of friends through word of mouth and a mix of stu­dents and adults work­ing full-time with him. He doesn't nec­es­sar­ily look for some­one with an ar­chi­tec­ture back­ground, but some­one who loves scale mod­el­ling as this work is not about the money.

“They are here be­cause they love the work and they don’t want to go home be­cause they want to com­plete the de­tails. Many of them stay un­til two, three in the morn­ing not easy to use even when gloves are worn, and the case and bracelet are shaped to avoid any edge catch­ing a rope or line.

The Marine­mas­ter GPS So­lar is of­fered in a lim­ited edi­tion of 1,500.

On the other hand, Seiko also in­tro­duced a new se­ries of three so­lar chrono­graphs which be­cause I ask them to, but be­cause they want to spend time look­ing at the de­tails. I look for those who have the pas­sion and drive to put these things into re­al­ity,” he said.

Wan him­self is not from an ar­chi­tec­ture back­ground and self­taught him­self much of the work from cast­ing the plas­ter to wood work and even wiring.

“It is pas­sion that drives. The peo­ple here have that same drive and it pushes them to learn new things. They don’t ques­tion why can’t they do it, but how can I do it. I give them all the parts and they will come up with the best idea,” he said.

The whole idea of the ex­hi­bi­tion is to be in­ter­ac­tive as well as ed­u­ca­tional. There are a few ex­hibits where visi­tors have to in­ter­act with it to make it alive, and there will be read­ing dis­plays to

ex­plain each of the share the same de­sign el­e­ments and level of pro­fes­sional spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the Prospex. Ideal for the global sailor, the World Time So­lar Chrono­graph shows both lo­cal and home time si­mul­ta­ne­ously in build­ings with trivia and fun facts.

“An­other idea we have is to have a work­shop to teach kids how to build things and de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing skills. We hope to come up with the mod­ules for kids and even young adults to come and learn how we made all of these build­ings.

“It is sad to see peo­ple go­ing to Kuala Lumpur and not know­ing these build­ings ex­ist. I want to have happy peo­ple leav­ing this place to be fas­ci­nated that they will go to the city and ex­pe­ri­ence it for them­selves,” Wan said.

Wan plans to make it big­ger and more at­trac­tive. He wants to add more ed­u­ca­tional items and make it more in­ter­ac­tive to stim­u­late his visi­tors to think out of the box. He doesn’t want peo­ple to let sys­tems and thoughts limit them – you only limit your­self – that is what he wants to do and in­cor­po­rate in this ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was de­rived from Wan's per­sonal fas­ci­na­tion with build­ings.

The new Marine­mas­ter GPS So­lar sail­ing watch.

With the 3D printer, they could go as de­tailed as they want.

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