‘Titanic: The Exhibition’ in Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Not having any classes today, I decided to go to the Perth city centre this morning. The reason for it is that I have to visit ‘Titanic: The Exhibition’ currently being held in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) at Pavilion 6, Level 1. The lecturer of my culture class visited it and recommended me to pay a visit to this exhibition as I would be writing a scholarly essay later based on this ill-fated ship for my assignment under her subject. As a student, I do get a cheaper ticket price, but it still costs me over AUD 30. That’s still expensive (about RM 100 in Malaysian currency), but I do make full use of that money by reading and analyzing almost all the displays in the exhibition and it took me two hours to finish the tour.


I think everyone in this world must have heard of the word ‘Titanic’. It is universally known not only because of the magnitude of its sinking back in 1912 on its maiden voyage, but also due to the immense popularity of a 1997 movie of the same name. That particular epic motion picture directed by James Cameron won audiences’ hearts and subsequently winning 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Everyone is melted by the love story between Jack and Rose from the movie. It also became the first movie ever in history to cross over US$ 1 billion in original box office release and remain the highest grossing film worldwide for many years before being surpassed by another James Cameron’s movie called ‘Avatar’.

Let’s put the focus back on the ship itself and the exhibition I had just visited this morning regarding its rich history. The ship named RMS Titanic under the ownership of White Star Line was the largest and the most luxurious ship of its time when it was built and first set sail. On its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, USA, this British passenger liner struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on the early morning of 15th April 1912. This resulted in death of over 1500 people out of about 2200 people on board (only about 700 people were saved from the doomed ship), making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters in modern history.

The exhibition is filled with interactive installations, graphic art, music and videos, artifacts, costumes, postcards, newspaper articles, as well as recreations of the ship’s luxurious interiors (Grand Staircase, First Class Corridor, First and Third Class rooms). The exhibition also included memorabilia from the 1997 blockbuster movie I mentioned above including the famous ‘Heart of the Ocean’ jewelry and the painting of Rose by Jack. The exhibition started with a photo section on the very edge of the ship (where Jack and Rose’s famous postures are in the movie) and ended with a small shop selling Titanic-themed souvenirs. Before I enter, I was presented a boarding pass with a name of a passenger who boarded the ship in 1912. In the exhibition later on, I can check whether the passenger in the boarding pass survived or died from the tragedy or not from the list of survived and lost passengers on a huge wall.

Hereby below are some of the images in the exhibition that I took:














I had quite a good time going through the exhibition and I’m almost moved to tears by this sad tragedy that took place over a hundred years ago. Nevertheless, my focus in the exhibition is still on finding great information for my Culture assignment of which I selected this particular ship on examining and analyzing how luxury took its form in the ship from its architecture, interior, fittings, accessories and the passengers that varies, depending on the classes of the people on board. I find this topic interesting and has a strong connection to my Architecture and Culture class. Hence, this exhibition that happened to be held right now (will end on this 20th March) is a good platform for me to gain valuable information for my general knowledge as well as for my personal assignment.

The exhibition is good, but can be better. The lighting is not sufficient in some areas. Besides that, interactive installations are also not enough, making it not a very engaging exhibition especially to young kids (they don’t like to read the sea of words on the wall). The recreations of the ship’s interior are great but I’m actually expecting a bit more of that too. The organizer should also put a huge replica (model) of the ship to amaze visitors. Anyway, it is still a visit that gave me a further understanding of the ship’s history and is recommended especially to those who have not known much of the ship before and are eager to find out more.

(Copyrights reserved to all the images in this blog post).


100th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic (15th April 1912 – 15th April 2012)

This post is in dedication to centennial commemoration of the R.M.S. Titanic which sank on her maiden voyage on this day exactly one hundred years ago. Well, my blog’s header for this month is also in dedication to this ill-fated ship that went on to become one of the world most famous ships in history, even to these days.

R.M.S. Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an unseen iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1514 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship ever built and afloat at the time of her maiden voyage which carried 2223 people.

The ship was designed in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland,Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of its total passenger and crew capacity.

The glancing collision caused Titanic’s hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on herstarboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a ‘women and children first’ protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am, Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from drowning, hypothermia or cardiac arrest caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. Only 13 of them were helped into the lifeboats though these had room for almost 500 more occupantsThe 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the R.M.S. Carpathia a few hours later.

The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since its rediscovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, with her memory kept alive by numerous books, folk songs, films, exhibits and memorials, particularly the 1997’s film with the same title directed by James Cameron.

The movie achieved a critical success, becoming the world highest grossing film of all time for over 10 years until it is beaten by ‘Avatar’. It is also the first film in history that grossed over 2 billion dollars. The film is also being rated as one of the most epic films in our generation. Due to its popularity and success, the movie is re-released again this month, in 3D for a much greater viewing experience and also to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.

It’s really sad to have such a sad and tragic day for the ship and to the people aboard hundred years ago. The last living survivor, Millvina Dean from England, who at only nine weeks old was the youngest passenger on board, died at age 97 on 31 May 2009. It’s already now a hundred years after the tragic day, but the terror and sadness from the sinking of the ship could still be felt within our hearts, particularly reminded and told from a movie’s perspective, thanks to James Cameron’s epic 1997’s Titanic film. The ill-fated ship despite having been disintegrating under the sea currently would remains in our lasting memory even after a hundred years of its sinking.

Titanic Belfast by CivicArts and Todd Architects

Titanic Belfast is a maritime museum built in dedication to Titanic, the ship that is popular for its sinking on April 15th, 1912 after hitting an iceberg which remains now as one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history. The location of the museum is similar to the location where the ship was built over a hundred years ago. The museum is completed and is opened to the public right on time for the centennial commemoration of the sinking of the ill-fated ship this month. I have read the article regarding this museum from Dezeen Magazine and I wish to share it here (below) as well.

The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects. Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the site where the famous ship was designed and built, Titanic Belfast’s six-floors feature nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people that made her. The building will also house temporary exhibits, a 1,000-seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.

The 14,000 sq m building took three years to complete – the same length of time as Titanic itself – and is designed with the potential capacity to accommodate up to one million visitors annually. A five-storey-high glazed atrium is positioned at the centre of the building, giving visitors access to each of the nine galleries contained within the four wings. Acid-stained steel plates line an 18-metre-high wall inside this atrium, intended by the architects to reference the metal panels that were used to cover the body of the Titanic a century before. Elsewhere in the building is a banqueting suite containing a replica of the Titanic’s iconic wooden staircase, as well cafes, restaurants and shops.

Eric R Kuhne, Founding Partner of CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates, commented: “CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates has worked for seven years to conceive, design, and create an international destination in Belfast that celebrates five centuries of its maritime legacy including the building of the RMS Titanic. As Concept Design Architects we have created an architectural icon that captures the spirit of the shipyards, ships, water crystals, ice, and the White Star Line’s logo. Its architectural form cuts a skyline silhouette that has been inspired by the very ships that were built on this hallowed ground.”

“Behind this shimmering crystalline façade, four dynamic ships hulls hold nine galleries. Glass balconies overlook the shipyard, drawing office, slipways, and Belfast city centre. The five-storey central atrium is inspired by the majesty of gangways, gantries, cranes that filled the void between the Titanic & Olympic when they lay side-by-side upon the slipways.”

“Titanic Belfast restores RMS Titanic to these shores. Its design anchors the profound spirit of invention & innovation from a century ago in a new form that retells the epic story of the building of these great ships. The scale, location, interiors and stories within the galleries make this the largest and most authentic Titanic visitor attraction in the world. The architecture speaks of the genius of Belfast as one of the world’s great historic shipbuilding cities, capturing the essence of over 28,000 workers in the Harland & Wolff’s shipyards.”

CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and Todd Architects have worked together with Harcourt Construction and a range of other partners to ensure the successful completion of Belfast’s newest landmark. Harcourt Developments engaged CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates as master planners for the Titanic Quarter site in 2005, with the aim of transforming Queen’s Island into a dynamic new waterfront.

(For more info and pictures: read the source here: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/04/02/titanic-belfast-by-civicarts-and-todd-architects/)

I personally don’t find the exterior design pretty much resembling or in attached symbolism to the R.M.S. Titanic ship. Perhaps I would be only able to feel that if I am there myself to experience it. I wish to visit the museum, but the place is like at another end of the globe from my home, so it seems almost impossible for that opportunity.

Earth hour was over just now, and it’s now April! It’s April Fool…

Another new month arrived, it’s April 2012 now. Few hours ago, the annual Earth Hour event is held all across the globe and I do join in the global initiative. The event had been criticized for being too commercialized, but I think the message carried out behind the movement is still pure and encouraging. I see not many Malaysians are switching off their lights just now, and I’m a bit disappointed. Perhaps the reason behind it is that there is not enough advertisement over this global event here in Malaysia.

It’s over. The next Earth Hour event would be on 30th March 2013. Let’s hope for more support and participation to this global movement next year. We are now stepping into the fourth month of the year. My blog header of the month is dedicated in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage en-route to New York from Southampton after hitting an iceberg. Titanic was the biggest and the grandest ship at the time it was completed, and its sinking is one of the most terrifying maritime disasters in history.

What’s making the ship appeared so famous even until to these days is an epic romance and disaster film created based on the ship. The 1997 ‘Titanic’ film directed by James Cameron is incredibly a stunning movie that captures the attention of the world and has been the world’s highest grossing film of all time until it is beaten by ‘Avatar’. Few days later, the movie would be released back to big screen in 3D in commemoration to the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated ship. So, my blog header’s theme for the month is very straightforward; showing the ship in the backdrop sailing over the beautiful ocean at its glory moment, with few words of memory to the ship on the right. Clean, simple yet meaningful header.  (Another copy of the header below)

Today is the first day of April, which means today is April’s Fool Day. Do you plan to fool someone today?

If yes, have fun with your pranks, but remember not to carry it out beyond the limit. 

If no, let’s have this ordinary day with joy and happiness as well.

Happy April’s Fool Day! Enjoy the month no matter how hard this month would turn out to be! All the best!

99th anniversary: The memory never sinks

Not many of you might recall what happened on this day, exactly 99 years. The day that one of the most remembered and disastrous ship’s sinking tragedy occured….The RMS Titanic on 14th April 1912. It’s been almost a CENTURY since the tragedy occured.

Many people knew about the tragedy, due to the scale of the tragedy that took over 1500 lives and sank the whole ship that is the biggest and grandest at the time. The other reason the tragedy is so popular is because of the epic romance movie based on the tragedy entitled ‘Titanic’ too in 1997 directed by James Cameron that won many Oscars including Best Picture. The movie became the world highest grossing film of all time until it is beaten by Avatar in 2009. The movie is going to be re-released in 2012 (next year) in 3D version to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the marvelous ship.

This year, it’s 99 anniversary of the sailing of the ship. Next year, I think many people would consider organizing events in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship. I think Google would definitely designed their logo on that day to be very special and dedicated in memory to Titanic too, in next year. The message that I want to say is that no matter how many years the tragedy has passed, it would be still remembered forever. It is truly an unexpected sad tragedy overwhelming the great news of the sailing of the world biggest ship at the time.

My impression of the tragedy came mainly from the movie itself. I have watched the movie over ten times and I’m still interested on it. I won’t get bored to it, especially on the love story between Jack and Rose that steals the world’s heart. Eventhough it never existed in true event, but it is a remarkable story enhanced by the song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion that fits perfectly on the sad event of the sinking. I love the song too. The film is also based on the true history of the ship like the design, the staff, and even some of the passengers. No matter what is it…I really do feel sad for the loss of lives and the whole remarkable ship.

People in the past quoted it as ‘the unsinkable ship’ and so, no one expected such a tragedy caused by only an unseen iceberg. Nature overcomes the greatness of what man can achieve. Get the message? May God bless the innocent souls of the night 99 years ago eventhough it’s been a very long time. Eventhough the ship sank, but the memory never sinks.