International artworks already previewed by over one million visitors
19 October 2006, Singapore - The VivoCity collection of seven international artworks was officially unveiled today by Mr Wong Kan Seng, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs in the presence of more than 300 guests from the diplomatic corps, arts, media and retail sectors. The artworks, which were specially commissioned by Mapletree for VivoCity, cost more than $1.5 million.
Unveiled as part of the Singapore Biennale 2006, the VivoCity International Artworks have already been appreciated by over one million visitors, since the iconic new retail and lifestyle destination opened its doors on 7 October. Even when Singapore's inaugural Biennale comes to a close on 12 November, art lovers and the public at large will still be able to enjoy these artworks, which will be the only pieces from the Singapore Biennale to be permanently installed.
"VivoCity is not just about shopping," said Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman of Mapletree. "Our vision is to embrace art as an integral part of the total lifestyle experience and to bring world-class art closer to the general public. Through the collection that we unveil today and those planned for the future, we want to make VivoCity into a vibrant, living showcase for art throughout the year."
Curated by Mr Fumio Nanjo, Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2006, these artworks, which are created by six renowned artists from around the globe, are designed to surprise, excite and delight visitors, to complement the multi-dimensional nature of VivoCity. These larger than life art pieces are located along various outdoor spaces at VivoCity, such as the spectacular 300 metre waterfront promenade, the roof-top Sky Plaza and at the car park entrance to VivoCity. They comprise a six-metre spherical bouquet of colourful flowers; a 10-metre tall rocket that is guaranteed to bring out the child in every visitor; an extremely tall and skinny snowman; giant snowflakes perched on the roof of the third level; a series of massive rose blooms that also function as street furniture; an engaging sculpture of a man on horizontal bars, designed to execute sudden acrobatic manoeuvres; as well as a series of colourful man-like figures in various energetic action poses.
"All of these works present a great opportunity for Singapore to think about art in public spaces within a framework of the Biennale, and also to create the opportunity for citizens, young and old to enjoy and remember art in life," said Mr Nanjo.
VivoCity plans to grow and evolve this art collection over time. In addition to installing this international art collection, the winning design of the VivoCity Student Design Contest, which it co-organised with DesignSingapore Council, has also been installed. The Gold Award winning design, "RainDrop" by Rony Chan, a student from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is now on display at VivoCity alongside the international artists' works.
With over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 300 retailers, large event spaces, including an outdoor amphitheatre, a 20,000sf open plaza and a 300m harbour front promenade, VivoCity is Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination. Designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity is the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront Precinct, which also includes Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and the St James Power Station.
About Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Mapletree, the developer of VivoCity, is a leading real estate company with an asset base of approximately S$3 billion, comprising office, retail/lifestyle, logistics/industrial, and high-tech industrial properties. It is committed to shaping new ways to deliver value to its stakeholders from multiple real estate investments and services. With its significant expertise, diverse skill sets and intimate knowledge of the property industry in Singapore and Asia, Mapletree is well-positioned to be an ideal strategic real estate partner in providing innovative real estate solutions and real estate related investment products.
About Singapore Biennale 2006
Organized by the National Arts Council (Singapore) in partnership with the National Heritage Board of Singapore, Singapore Biennale 2006 opens to the public from 4 September to 12 November 2006. The first international contemporary art exhibition is curated by Fumio Nanjo, internationally reputed for having headed the programming and adjudication of major art events throughout the world. As the anchor cultural event for Singapore 2006: Global City. World of Opportunities, SB2006 provides the platform for the presentation of international art in dialogue with Singapore and Asia. Singapore 2006 is the umbrella event where Singapore will play host to the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group.