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Largest Singapore Map made of Chromatography Paper

On the 11th of August 2015, CJC in collaboration with the Science Centre Singapore has entered the Singapore Book of Records for the “Largest Singapore Map Made of Chromatography Paper”. This chromatography art piece represents the fusion of science and the arts and also our unity as we also come together as one college to celebrate our nation’s 50th birthday and 40 years as a college. 

This piece of artwork which is made up of chromatography leaves, flowers and butterflies shaped into a representation of our Garden City Singapore. It forms a map of Singapore of approximately 16 by 8 metres in size. There are an estimated 4000 - 5000 pieces of chromatography pieces on the map which were created not only by our students and staff, but members of the public too. We engaged the public's help in creating the chromatography art pieces during 'X-periment!', one of the events of the Singapore Science Festival, held at Vivocity from the 10 – 12th July this year.

The whole event from conceptualization to implementation was spearheaded by a team of enthusiastic and committed science leaders. It served as a valuable opportunity for them to develop their leadership and communication skills as they led the rest of the college in creating the artwork which drew upon the science of chromatography. This project was also imbued with the aim of citizenship education as the students were asked to reflect upon the significance of the artwork in relation to Singapore.

Reflections of science leaders Dawn Tan (1T29) & Matthew Ng (1T29):

“Looking past the surface of this map, there is a deeper symbolic meaning to it. Every piece of chromatography paper on that map is unique, but when they come together, they create a vivid image of vibrancy, covering every centimetre of the Singapore map. I think this very much represents the Singaporean culture, in a sense that we have an increasingly diverse society, but seem to share a common culture that is uniquely Singaporean. When we look at how every piece is made from chromatography, it highlights that despite the many differences, we are all united by the same roots. In addition, getting all of CJC and the public to take part in this activity showed that everyone needed to do their part to build Singapore and that it takes a collective effort to make Singapore what it is.”