OCBC Bank is Largest Corporate Sponsor to Date at Gardens by the Bay with Sponsorship of Supertree Aerial Walkway and Light and Sound Show
Singapore, 30 April 2012 – Gardens by the Bay, partnering the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (“OCBC Bank”), today announced that OCBC Bank will be sponsoring two of the Gardens’ permanent highlights when it opens to the public on 29 June 2012. The two features are the Supertree aerial walkway and a spectacular light and sound show at the Supertree Grove which will be named the “OCBC Skyway” and the “OCBC Light and Sound Show” respectively.
The OCBC Skyway is located at the Supertree Grove, part of the central outdoor area of Gardens by the Bay. Suspended at a height of 22 metres above ground between two Supertrees, the 128-metre-long aerial walkway offers a sprawling view of the Gardens against the bustling backdrop of Marina Bay.
Part of OCBC Bank’s sponsorship also goes into the production of a light and sound show at the Supertree Grove, to be unveiled to dramatic effect as part of the opening programme for Gardens by the Bay. Visitors will be able to catch this free show which comes on nightly from 2 July 2012.
The two attractions are made possible with a generous donation of S$8 million from OCBC Bank, making the bank the largest corporate sponsor to date at Gardens by the Bay.
Mr Samuel Tsien, Chief Executive Officer of OCBC Bank shared, “OCBC Bank has always recognised that our success depends on the support of the community that we operate in. And, from the days of our founder, Mr Lee Kong Chian, we have believed in the principle of giving back. So on the occasion of our 80th anniversary this year, we are delighted to be able to present the OCBC Skyway and the accompanying Light and Sound Show to Singapore. Through our sponsorship, we would like to thank the community for their support and to affirm our commitment to our home country.”
Mr Tsien added, “Our presence in this area is unique - located high above the ground, in the heart of lush greenery and lighted up at night to the accompaniment of music, the OCBC Skyway is an iconic structure that will be hard to miss. Whether you are touring the Gardens, driving along the expressway or, enjoying yourself at the entertainment resort, you just can’t miss it.”
With this latest initiative, OCBC Bank is adding another iconic achievement to the many it has garnered since its establishment in 1932.
OCBC Bank has had a history of taking the lead in identifying and developing iconic landmarks; and working with leading partners of the time. When its head office at 65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre was first opened in 1976, the 50-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the country and Southeast Asia. In 2001, OCBC Centre was marked as a historic site by the National Heritage Board and became the oldest building in Singapore to receive the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark Gold Award for its sustainability efforts in 2011.
Dr Kiat W. Tan, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay said, “We congratulate OCBC Bank on their foresight in contributing towards these two key highlights in Gardens by the Bay. This partnership reflects our commitment in keeping the Gardens accessible to the public. We will continue to seek long-term partnerships with individuals and organisations who share our aspirations to make Gardens by the Bay the pride of Singapore and a destination for all to enjoy.”
The OCBC Skyway will be accessible when the Gardens officially opens to the public on 29 June 2012. Visitors can look forward to catching the free light and sound show every night from 2 July 2012.