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Marina Bay Sands Art Path

10 February 2011

Marina Bay Sands has launched the Marina Bay Sands Art Path, an impressive collection of large-scale art installations by internationally renowned artists.

The five artists and their work include: Antony Gormley (Drift); Chongbin Zheng (Rising Forest 升林); James Carpenter (Blue Reflection Facade with Light Entry Passage); Ned Kahn (Wind Arbor, Rain Oculus and Tipping Wall); and the late Sol LeWitt (Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles, and Wall Drawing #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular bands).

Local Singaporean painters and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute were also involved in the production of the LeWitt painting.

Marina Bay Sands’ design architect Moshe Safdie handpicked all the artists to ensure a conceptual and aesthetic collaboration between artist and architect. Four of the artists were commissioned to create site-specific art that integrate seamlessly into the property’s iconic architecture and the surrounding Marina Bay environment. Safdie located Sol LeWitt’s conceptual wall drawings posthumously as the artist had often created site-specific work for Moshe's architecture.

Gormley’s Drift comprises a massive three-dimensional stainless steel polyhedral matrix that permeates seven floors in the space above the Marina Bay Sands Hotel atrium.

Zheng’s Rising Forest is composed of 83 ceramic vessels with trees that create a canopy effect within the hotel atrium, creating a connection with the surrounding landscape.

Carpenter’s "Blue Reflection Facade with Light Entry Passage" installation of vertical glass and metal fin-like elements accentuate the serpentine quality of the casino’s façade.

LeWitt’s wall drawing with its lively primary colors, greets visitors as they enter the hotel from the upcoming Bayfront MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station in the basement and in the main hotel entrance.

Kahn’s Wind Arbor, which consists of over 260,000 aluminum “flappers”, blankets the hotel atrium’s external glass wall, creating a shimmering façade that responds to the environment.

Rain Oculus is a striking, large acrylic and stainless steel structure located at the intersection of the retail mall with the waterfront promenade that will create a whirlpool motion with the water falling 2 storeys through it, creating a dynamic water skylight feature at the heart of the retail mall.

The Tipping Wall, located at the cooling tower adjacent to Hotel Tower 3, features 7,000 lively mechanical polycarbonate tipping water channels on a large glass reinforced concrete wall about the size of a basketball court.

"Singapore's public art incentive program offers an extraordinary opportunity for commissioned works in which art and architecture are complementary and seamlessly integrated. It has been a privilege to select world renowned artists and collaborate with them to achieve installations which enrich the environment and inspire the public. Each of the works resonates in a particular way with the architecture while presenting the artists with an extraordinary palette for their creations,” said Moshe Safdie.

Marina Bay Sands has also invested in work by artists from Singapore (Art Glass Solutions) and around the region including Australia (Chris Rak, Philip Stokes, Holly Grace) and Thailand (Karakot Aromdee).

Overall, Marina Bay Sands has invested tens of millions of dollars in art from around the world which are situated throughout the property in response to the government’s call to provide and integrate art in the central area of Singapore. With its breathtaking large-scale installations, the Marina Bay Sands Art Path takes the visitor from the upcoming Bayfront MRT station, through the hotel atrium, retail view corridor and the casino. Other notable art can be found in the hotel rooms and in the property’s interior.



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