A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

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A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The riverside architecture of every first world country is a postcard perfect landscape.  Marina Bay of Singapore is no exception.

Holding on to our expensive bottles of beer unmindful of the amount consumed and nearly bloated budget diminution, the sight of happy couples and groups taking the shutters of their camera infinitely put into use was our inevitable view while seated in a riverfront bar one sunset.

Before the said scenario, we walked and claimed to be fine arts connoisseurs. Taking the time to appreciate Singapore’s noteworthy architectural façade, we actually strolled around the Marina Bay and visited the National Gallery as the commencing point.


NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: Sun to Thursday and Public Holidays (10AM to 7PM)
Friday-Saturday, Eve of Public Holidays (10AM to 10PM)

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

Consisting of over 8000 art works, the National Gallery is said to be the world’s largest public collection of Singapore and Southeast Asian art.  The Gallery consists of two national monuments, the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall.  With a combined floor area of 64,000 square meters, it is the largest visual art venue and the largest museum in Singapore.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The National Gallery is indeed spacious.  Interiors are kept simple yet elegantly constructed in wooden floorings.  We started the tour at the City Hall then transferred to the former Supreme Court.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The City Hall’s original layout is one of neoclassical British architecture.  It houses collections that spans from early 20th century naturalistic paintings to contemporary video installations.  I can’t help but notice the number of paintings created by Filipino renowned artists.  Some are considered “controversial” artworks, as my friends would put it.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The former Supreme Court building on the other hand exemplifies British colonial architecture, comprising four blocks of offices and courtrooms surrounding a central rotunda with a dome that was originally used to house a circular law library.  It is the last classical building built in Singapore.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE


A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

Of all the installations featured in the Gallery, I was particularly amazed of the piled shirts neatly folded which is already considered an art installation.

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A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

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A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE
  
There is likewise a mini bar in the National Gallery providing a good vantage of the city skyscrapers and landmarks.  After hours of going through the gallery and showing appreciation of culture and the arts, refreshing drinks are now in order.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE


A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

THE ARTS HOUSE AT THE OLD PARLIAMENT

The bronze elephant statue at the façade of the Arts House is the subject of interest for the group.  Honestly, I had too much art appreciation for the day after the National Gallery visit and so, just passing by the Arts House is sufficient. 

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The Arts House is currently a multi-disciplinary arts venue hosting art exhibitions and concerts.  There were cosplayers and models (I guess) doing photo shoots in the vicinity when we passed by.

Singapore was the first foreign nation visited by King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V of Thailand.  The bronze statue of an elephant was his gift as a token of appreciation after his stay.

CAVENAGH BRIDGE

Passing through a suspension bridge after the National Gallery visit, I had no idea if the same has historical value.  But a Notice from the police issued in the year 1910 caught my attention and it still stands until the present time.  Later on, I have learned that this pedestrian bridge is the only suspension bridge and one of the oldest bridges in Singapore.  It crosses the Singapore River in the Downtown core.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

There are statues as well near the bridge adding charm to its landscape.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

FULLERTON HOTEL

Located near the mouth of the Singapore River, the five star luxury hotel does not only exist for pure luxurious vacation.  It has won several awards for architectural heritage and was a former General Post Office.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

MARINA BAY SANDS

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE 
Fronting Marina Bay, the Marina Bay Sands is in itself a destination while in Singapore.  Exterior and interior details are definitely outstanding.  Every night, the skyscrapers of Singapore lit up in a 13-minute showcase of visual effects by the waterfront.  The show is a convergence of light, music and sound where the universal tale of the journey of life is told by combining both electric lights and laser effects.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

GARDENS BY THE BAY – SUPERTREE GROVE

Each time I visit Singapore, there is always a new attraction.  This would be my first time to visit the Gardens By The Bay since the last time I was in Singapore. The super trees are just amazing and a treat to the visuals.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

The Gardens By The Bay itself has a lot of offerings to the public.  But for purposes of a cheap stroll, in fact for free admission, the Supertree Grove is the answer.  Open daily from 5AM to 2AM, the iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade during daytime and a colourful landscape at night.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE


Fortunately, I was able to witness the Garden Rhapsody. It is the signature light and sound show of the Gardens by the Bay and its over-all creative vision is led by award-winning Lighting Designer Adrian Tan, and one of Singapore’s most sought after music composer and arranger, Bang Wenfu, since 2015.  I was truly amazed of the show that no words can describe of how surreal it was.

A VISUAL ARTS STROLL IN SINGAPORE

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