Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
Sin Chew Daily
Art enthusiast Peng Biao believes that the residence of soul can enhance spiritual growth while artistic life can enhance humanities. Therefore, he upholds the concept of combining culture and environmental protection technology and initiated the PP Art Museum.
Many people in modern cities work in a confined office with poor ventilation system and sit in front of their TVs or computers until bedtime. Such a lifestyle is stiff and lacks room to soften body and relax mind.
Cabin in bamboo garden
There are five different species of bamboos in the garden outside the museum. And there is a cabin in the bamboo garden decorated with weathered deep-sea rocks.
Disused railroad ties are reused to make outdoor furniture with ancient Chinese mortise technology. Many recycled materials are also used to make indoor furniture to achieve the purpose of environmental protection, while highlighting its unique design.
In addition, there are also climbing plants on fences outside the museum to reduce room temperature.
Self-sufficing with solar power and rain water
Another key concept of the PP Art Museum is environmentally friendly. The environmental protection system here is perfect as it can actually form a self-sufficient ecology while saving water and money.
The museum has set up a studio with the concept of environmental protection without air-conditioner. Electricity is generated by a solar power system while the solar lights and LED bulbs indoor can help in saving energy.
In addition, the solar power system also provides electricity to the ventilation system to reduce indoor temperature. Visitors would not feel muggy in the studio even during afternoon hours.
Also, many environmental protection technologies are used to manage the garden, such as producing environmentally friendly mud balls, producing enzymes with kitchen waste, building a rain water collection system, composting and importing the Effective Microorganism technology from Japan to purify the air, to create a living environment closely connected to the nature.
Staff members of the museum said that the environmentally friendly mud balls can purify fishpond water while the rain water collection system at the back of the museum can be used to irrigate bamboos and other plants in the garden.
Reuse kitchen waste
The museum also collects kitchen waste from nearby restaurants to produce enzymes and fertilizers. Fallen leaves are also used for composition.
"The credit for the lush bamboos in the garden should go to the homemade organic fertilizers," a staff member said.
To reduce temperature, a spray system with effective microorganisms has also been installed in the garden, not only to purify the air, but also to fertilize soil.
Peng Biao: Enhance culture while promoting environmental protection
"Some of the art pieces were damaged in early days due to incorrect collection methods and I felt really sorry. Therefore, I placed them at a shop house in Kulai until the number of them grew. At that time, I also wished to promote the concept of combining culture and environmental protection. Therefore, I initiated the PP Art Museum," said Peng Biao.
There are more than 500 art pieces in the museum, including paintings and calligraphy of famous foreign and domestic artists. There are also more than 5000 of books.
It is worth mentioning that no chemical detergent, but only enzyme, is used for cleaning.
The enzyme is made with peel and other organic materials. It can be used to wipe windows, as well as wash dishes and hands. After the enzyme is made, the remaining peel can be used as fertilizer.
Works of the first and second generation artists immigrated to Malaya and Singapore are displayed on the first floor while works of complimentary China's, Malaysian and Singaporean artists are displayed on the second floor.
To more effectively protect the collection, the museum is not opened for the public. However, visit on appointment is welcomed and the admission is free.
Priority will be given to art enthusiasts, schools and other groups related to art.
For details, please contact the staff at 07-2226668 or 07-6625668.