Singapore has picked an Expo mascot called Liu Lian Xiao Xing, or “Durian Star,” with a spiny head resembling a durian fruit and wearing the iconic Merlion image on his clothes.
Described as a curious and vigorous Singaporean boy who has a strong preference for durian, “Durian Star” will be printed on all souvenirs to be sold or given to visitors.
About Singapore Expo 2010 Mascot – Liu Lian Xiao Xing / Durian Star
Drawing inspiration from our iconic Merlion and The King of Fruits, the Durian, Singapore Tourism Board developed LIU LIAN XIAO XING – a lovable and easily recognisable character.
LIU LIAN XIAO XING is a five-year-old Singaporean boy who travels around the world with his parents, who are well respected musicians.
He is nuts about durians but they are not readily available in some of the places they travel to. He loves them so much that he enjoys sketching pictures of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay because they resemble the durian! The poor boy thinks about durians all day, so his Mum made a delightful little costume for him that looks just like one. (Now everywhere he travels, the little King of fruits makes the other children green with envy!)
He wears red overalls emblazoned with a picture of the Merlion in homage to his favourite toy – a Merlion beanie he cuddles to sleep every night. His cap, shaped just like a durian was inspired by his love of the fruit and his sketches of the Esplanade!
Liu Lian Xiao Xing Personality
LIU LIAN XIAO XING is an open, friendly and upbeat boy. His friends love having him around because he is always so bubbly and makes them laugh.
He is a curious cat with an insatiable appetite for adventure. He likes travelling with his parents. He never seems to lose his sense of wonder when he sees new things: the thrill of discovering new places and cultures; the marvel of magnificent ancient buildings; the fascination of exotic traditions and histories.
He is an inquisitive boy: he loves to ask questions. He is like a sponge, absorbing information, always learning, always eager for more, always finding out why.
He especially loves meeting new people, no matter what country they come from. The more the merrier, the little munchkin always says. He is sincere and likeable, fast to make friends, slow to forget them. People never fail to be charmed by this diminutive well-travelled boy who has a worldly outlook on life that belies his age.
Values of Liu Lian Xiao Xing
Coming from Singapore, which places a premium on being a Garden City, he is environmentally conscious as well as civic minded.
LIU LIAN XIAO XING loves nature. His favourite moments are those spent on picnics with his parents at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on lazy Sunday afternoons, drawing durians under the cool shade of a palm tree. He enjoys music and often spends his evenings catching free outdoor performances at the Esplande.
Liu Lian Xiao Xing’s Favourite Food
Durians, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Black Pepper Chilli Crab, Roti Prata.
Liu Lian Xiao Xing’s Favorite Activities
He loves drawing durians as well as his favourite building, the iconic Esplanade – Theatre on the bay. Hiking at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, picnicking at the Botanic Gardens with his family. He enjoys playing the piano, violin and ethnic instruments such the Chinese erhu and the Indian tabla which was taught to him by his parents.
Pavilion’s Red Logo
The pavilion’s red logo was also unveiled. The inspiration came from the city-state’s music-box-like pavilion and musical instruments such as the glockenspiel, piano and marimba.
The three-story “music box” pavilion will have an “Urban Symphony” theme. Its aluminum facade will portray Singapore’s famous buildings. Music will be a core element in Singapore’s 3,000-square-meter pavilion.
Upon arrival, pictures and exhibits of Singapore adorn the atrium and main hall on the ground floor, paving the way to Six Musical Movements and various activities such as breathtaking performances at the open space on the second floor. Topped off with the magnificent rooftop view of A Garden in the Sky, which pays tribute to Singapore’s reputation as a garden city.
Water and Garden, the core design elements, form more than just the softscape of the Pavilion, they serve as a testament to Singapore’s successful management of two key environmental issues- balancing progress with sustainability. To this end, recyclable building materials are used whenever possible. A cool and comfortable Pavilion environment is also designed with climate control features which do not contribute to massive energy consumption, and greenery and water features that further alleviate the hot summer afternoons in Shanghai.
Harmony is Singapore’s unifying element and the four Pavilion columns supporting the entire structure on a floor comprised of different shapes and sizes represent our four main races and foreign guests sharing the same common ground—living, working and playing together in perfect harmony despite our diverse backgrounds.
The building is scheduled to be completed in April.
Source: Singapore World Expo