The Hornbill of Puteri Harbour – A Picture Story

Puteri Harbour is located at Iskandar Puteri, formerly known as Nusajaya, the administrative centre of Johor and is about 15-20 minutes drive from where we live in Perling, Johor Bahru. Puteri Harbour is known for the private luxury boats and yachts that would make berth at the many piers there.

Its rather quiet nowadays, as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many an establishment to temporarily shut down or even worse, close down permanently. Taking a walk around the Puteri Harbour, we came across this modern art exhibit of a hornbill.

Images by Shah Said : @ all rights reserved 2021 ; May 2021

The exhibit, put together by Biji-biji Initiative, William Koong and Faris Tiong, is that of an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros Albirostris) or in Malay, the Burung Enggang Kelinking. This particular species is indigenous to the Straits of Melaka but sadly, it is an endangered species in Johor due to the loss of its habitat.

What makes it interesting? Its constructed from recycled parts of a Morris Minor (are they still around?), a Volkswagen (an old Beetle maybe) as well as other construction materials.

Ah well, better on a Hornbill rather than the scrapyard, they’d say.

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