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Spider-Man swings in to celebrate Earth Hour in Singapore

By Anjali RaguramanEvents - 30 March 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 01 April 2014

Spider-Man swings in to celebrate Earth Hour in Singapore

On 29 March, Spider-Man himself swung into Singapore to shut down the lights of the iconic Singapore skyline for an hour from 8.30 to 9.30pm.

A crowd of almost 9000 people gathered at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay to witness the trademark Earth Hour Lights Off moment, as Spider-man pushed the button to plunge the Marina Bay skyline into darkness.

See more pictures at: Singapore goes dark for Earth Hour with 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' cast

Over 60 buildings and structures, including ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Financial Centre and the Helix Bridge, turned off their lights in a show of support for Earth Hour. 

The cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone (who plays love interest, Gwen Stacy) and Jamie Foxx (who plays the villain, Electro) were all on hand at the event as ambassadors of Earth Hour’s global campaign. They were joined by director Marc Webb, and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

CAST THRILLED CROWD WITH SINGLISH AND DANCE MOVES

Garfield thrilled the crowd with his opening address. He said, “I just want to say, to be right here now with everybody is steady lah”.

Jamie Foxx also brought his young daughter, Annalise Bishop, up on stage with one of her “friends from Singapore”, Sid, to join in the fun and dancing.

Members of the public joined in the celebrations by dancing on a ‘sustainable dance floor’ where as they danced, the floor lit up and charged a huge LED battery. Over 92,000 joules of energy was produced through this, which was used to power up a display panel.

The lights went out before ‘Spidey’ himself made an appearance.

This is the first year that Earth Hour has a superhero ambassador. Singapore is also the home and global headquarters of the Earth Hour campaign.

"To witness Earth Hour in Singapore, the home and heart of this wonderful WWF organised initiative, makes a powerful impression on me. To see the people of this beautiful city-state, stand united in the common purpose of making those adjustments to their lifestyles that will help make deep, meaningful improvements to humanity's impact on the planet, inspires me,” said WWF Director General Designate Dr. Marco Lambertini.

Earth Hour, which is observed all across the globe, encourages people to save energy and conserve resources by switching off lights. The campaign now encompasses over 7,000 cities and towns in over 160 different countries and is participated in by hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents.

SPIDER-MAN CAST IN SINGAPORE

The appearance at Earth Hour comes at the end of three days of the Spider-Man 2 cast’s promotional tour in Singapore.

On Thursday, the cast made a red carpet appearance at the Marina Bay Sands ice skating rink to meet fans, as well as hold a press conference at the MasterCard Theatres where they talked about the movie.

Read also: Cast of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' thrill fans in Singapore

Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx playing cricket. They were surprisingly good at it. Photo: Sony International Pictures

On Friday, Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx visited Commonwealth Secondary School to help plant trees, as well as to encourage youths to participate and engage actively in environmental sustainability. 

Foxx and Garfield even played a spot of cricket with Indian television host Samir Kochhar.

Read also: Andrew Garfield: ‘My mum made my first Spider-Man costume’