Handfalls exhibit at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands Singapore
During today’s observance of International Museum Day, Las Vegas Sands is celebrating in two places of the world that could not be more different, yet united in a common cause – a dedication to learning, creativity, and innovation.
One of the hallmarks of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the ArtScience Museum which welcomes visitors from around the world to take in blockbuster exhibitions daily. But today, attendees will experience two new, temporary exhibits, free of charge - Deephorizon, a colorful creation which presents an ever-changing digital reconstruction of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and Handfalls, a unique installation in the museum’s lily pond of floating images of water-filled hands and blooming lotus flowers that create a compelling image. Guided group tours and a photography workshops will also be available and open to the public throughout the day.
Additionally, In honor of a recent $1 million contribution to DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, and in celebration of International Museum Day, LVS has partnered with the museum to offer a special discount to all Sands Team Members and one child for entry during today’s event.
In the U.S., the Museum Day observance coincides with the annual Armed Forces Day. To reinforce its ongoing commitment to members of the military, Las Vegas Sands has also sponsored free admission to all military members (with valid photo ID) and one child at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum on May 18 as well.
A strong involvement and commitment to our communities is central to the way Las Vegas Sands does business, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate, around the world, the benefits museums offer to the public.
As mentioned in previous posts, Earth Hour’s I Will If You Will challenge aimed at getting people to practice sustainability by making four lifestyle changes – reduce the use of plastic bags, turn up air-conditioning by one degree, switch to energy-efficient LED lights and take shorter showers.
The spirit of Earth Hour was highly visible within Marina Bay Sands. Numerous Team Members fulfilled their environmental pledges this year–either by cycling to work, walking for a cause, shaving their heads, dying their hair green, going vegetarian or using the stairs instead of the elevators.
As mentioned by co-founder of Earth Hour, Andy Ridley: “Earth Hour has always been more than a lights off campaign, and we are now seeing some extraordinary environmental outcomes on the way to achieving our long-term vision.” Truly, Marina Bay Sands and its team members have made a positive impact and will continue to do so in the future.
A big thank you to Jolene Jialin Yeo from our Communications team and Lock Lee from our Sustainability team for their joint efforts in making Earth Hour 2013 truly a memorable one for Marina Bay Sands!
Marina Bay Sands Team Members who supported the I Will If You Will challenge
Earth Hour 2013 all around the Marina Bay Area
Team Members supporting their fellow Team Members and fulfilling their own pledges
Sands for Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, conducted our first quarterly volunteerism event in March 2013 which turned out to be a great success.
More than 200 Team Members from various departments gave a fresh coat of paint to Mountbatten Vocational School, an affiliation to our designated charity – The Singapore Association of the Deaf (SADeaf) over five days.
The event kicked off on Saturday, 16 March 2013, with close to 80 Team Members and Senior Management preparing the walls of Levels 1 and 2 by sanding down the surface before applying the first coat of paint. Team Members from Facilities were on-site to guide on safety and proper techniques.
During the five days, I had the privilege to work with many of our Team Members who were enthusiastic and passionate about giving back to the community. Sales Administrator, Valerie Lee was always with a ready smile for the camera despite having paint splattered all over her. “In the past, I have done distribution of food rations to the needy in old estates. Their smile tells me it’s all worth it!” she said.
Valerie Lee(left) with her colleague Shirlyn You (right) giving the camera high 5s
Our Team Members took a total of 800 man-hours to paint the classrooms, doors, ceilings and the corridor.
Team Members who participated are looking forward to the next event. Assistant Manager, Laundry/Linen and Supplies, Lim Keh Jun said, “The Sands for Singapore experience was fantastic! I got to meet up with the usual volunteers and it was my first attempt at painting! Not only did I learn how to paint, I was also giving back to the society. I look forward to participating in the next event. I hope to see familiar faces and new faces then!”
Lim Keh Jun (extreme left) getting ready to paint the walls with his fellow Team Members
Journey to the Egyptian afterlife at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. For the first time in Singapore and Southeast Asia, the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process are revealed in technologically-advanced detail with the arrival of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, an exhibition featuring mummies and artifacts culled from the famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum.
Las Vegas Sands once again joined millions of people and organizations around the world for Earth Hour to show our commitment to conserving natural resources. What did we do? Check out this interactive presentation:
In their March newsletter, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Nevada Chapter has some nice words about our sustainability efforts:
Senior Vice President Norbert Riezler, who heads our procurement and sustainability operations, discusses the environmental strategy behind Sands ECO360°.
This month’s Friend of the Chapter Spotlight shines on the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a proud supporter of USGBC-NV. They live and breathe sustainability through their Sands’ ECO360 Global Sustainability program.
The Venetian, the Palazzo and Sands Expo comprise one of the largest LEED buildings in the world and the principles of green building design, construction and operation provide a solid foundation for furthering the company’s environmental goals.
As they continue improving the efficiency of their buildings, they also look for fun ways to encourage their team members around the world to join in conserving resources.
For the past three years, the Las Vegas Sands has participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour that challenges organizations and individuals to turn off lights for one hour on March 23 to raise awareness about protecting the planet.
This year, they have set the eco-conscious bar a little higher by joining the new Earth Hour “I Will If You Will” challenge. The simple concept encourages extending a friendly challenge to others to expand the reach of Earth Hour.
The LEGO brick, that is. The ArtScience Museum at MBS explains: “Unlike most people, New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination using LEGO bricks which he has played with since a young age. In this critically acclaimed and the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium, Sawaya transforms them into awe-inspiring and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art.”
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