Art-hop while you shop: Part 1
As the saying goes, you miss 100% of the art you don’t notice. This holiday season, take a breather from browsing shelves and keep an eye out for these one-of-a-kind art installations in and around your Christmas shopping haunts — they may be right under your nose (or above your head).
Marina Bay Sands
Seeking respite from the holiday rush at The Shoppes? Unwind in the lobby of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, a short escalator ride away. There, you can stroll through one of the largest art commissions for an integrated resort. Don’t miss the following highlights.
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles
These rainbow-hued geometric wall drawings by the late American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt are located at the hotel’s Tower 1 reception. They were hand-painted by two artists from the LeWitt Estate, with the assistance of four local artists from STPI. Bold and psychedelic, this wall drawing is the perfect perk-me-up after an intense shopping spree.
Antony Gormley, Drift
There is more than one reason to look up while walking through the hotel: as you admire the soaring atrium, you will also be rewarded with a stunning view of British sculptor Antony Gormley’s 40-metre long steel cloud suspended in the space.
Zheng Chongbin, Rising Forest
If the soothing greenery in the hotel atrium looks just a little odd to you, you have sharp eyes and are probably sufficiently rested to start on round two of shopping. The potted plants grow out of 3m tall glazed ceramic vessels, each weighing 1,200kg and took 15 to 20 days for Shanghainese artist Zheng Chongbin and his team of artisans to complete by hand. Fun fact: the vessels were so massive, they had to be fired in a kiln the size of a small building.
Ned Kahn, Tipping Wall
At the other end of the hotel, you will find a feature wall where what seem like little white polycarbonate seesaws dance mesmerisingly on a concrete wall, roughly the size of a basketball court. The tiny seesaws are water channels that tilt up and down, pivoting on stainless steel pins. Tip: Boomerang this.