Published in NOW! Jakarta, June 2009

Tante Betty goes to Manado

Photos Courtesy of Pintor Sirait

This month I went to Manado for the World Ocean Conference and Coral Triangle Initiative.
To commemorate the event Indonesian artist Pintor Sirait was commissioned to build a ‘monument’ expressing the importance of marine conservation. The parties around the event were a mixture of extreme marine biology, extreme Manadonese Bossanova and Coral Triangle Tourism Promotion.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono greets the Director General of WWF International, Jim Leape as Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Admiral Freddy Numberi looks on.

Monument artist Pintor Sirait (left) talks to Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Admiral Freddy Numberi.

The conference logo.

The welcoming committee at Manado Airport, 11th May 2009.

The Artist’s concept drawing for the monument showing the flags of the six nations taking part.
Day and night views of Pintor Sirait’s 10 metre-high stainless steel ‘monument’, erected to commemorate the World Ocean Conference.

A Manadonese ‘groover’ singing love songs at the airport.

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