This self-taught Singaporean artist makes his drawings come alive on wooden boards

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 4 December 2014

Give Ivan Hoo some simple basic boards, coloured pencils, pastels and ink and the artist from Singapore will produce some breathtakingly real animals and everyday objects out of them. Even the water he draws seem to be trickling silently. Hoo prefers boards of wood to paper as he feels that the former gives the background a unique texture.

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You’ll never guess what this artist used to paint these iconic buildings: bicycle tires!

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 17 November 2014

An avid cyclist, Singapore-based designer Thomas Yang applies black pigment onto different bicycle tires to produce amazingly accurate renditions of architectural icons such as the Forbidden City, Eiffel Towel, London Bridge and the Empire State Building. If you magnify the tire ‘strokes’ up close, you’ll fully appreciate just how much thought goes into their assemblage […]

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This awesome swimming pool is also a bridge between two 38-story buildings in Singapore!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Sunday 18 May 2014

The ‘Sky Habitat’ in Singapore consists of two 38-story tall towers, able to accommodate a total of 574 apartments. Its most glaring feature, however, is the 50 meter long swimming pool that also serves as a bridge between the two condo towers.

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FACT: Batman jailed in Singapore for petty crime

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 20 November 2013

Blame it on having to live up to a fabulous name. For Batman bin Suparman (yes, just one letter shy of another superhero), it has meant becoming infamous overnight when he was recently jailed in Singapore for multiple theft and housebreaking offences. For every Batman that fights crime, there’s another Batman that commits crime. Guess […]

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Singapore’s remarkable solar-powered super trees

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 24 October 2013

These didn’t come out of a sci-fi movie. These also are not realistic 3D illustrations. They are real and are located at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. These Supertrees are solar-powered vertical gardens that stand from 82 ft to 160 ft. These 18 man-made structures also act as air venting ducts and rainwater collectors for the conservatories below.

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2013 World Architecture Festival winners

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 17 October 2013

The World Architecture Festival took place in Singapore this year and saw around 200 shortlisted projects compete for awards in 30 different categories, from offices and places of religion, to family homes, schools, shopping centers, and future architecture projects around the world. Here’s a quick recap: — Building of the Year: Auckland Art Gallery Toi […]

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Hollywood stars react to crazy car prices in Singapore

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 27 May 2013

When the cast of car-racing sequel Fast & Furious 6 — Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Gina Carano and Luke Evans — learnt just how expensive cars cost in Singapore in an interview, they reacted rather, er, appropriately. You just have to see the look on Rodriguez’s face for yourself, while Vin Diesel started an anti-car […]

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Brilliant no-smoking signs that work

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 1 May 2013

Spotted outside the office of an ad agency along Craig Road in Singapore: a sign that politely informs you not to smoke for the sake of the roaches’ health. And oh, and another sign below it reminding you that the potted plants deserve to live without choking on discarded cig butts. The place looked spotless, […]

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Animated music video for Send Me On by Seyra

Benjamin Lim Reader Find

By Benjamin Lim in Video on Tuesday 30 April 2013

Seyra, a Singapore band, has released their latest music video for their new single Send Me On, an indie-pop tune that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. Directed by Sean Christie, the animated typography and pastel colors accompany the simple soulful melodies, sending you into one of those wistful afternoon moods.

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Funky new office by Spencer Ogden in Singapore

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Check out this funky office for the British energy recruitment agency Spencer Ogden. Their new office in Singapore is so fresh there’s grass instead of carpet. And did anyone else notice the basketball goal on the wall? I think this is proof that the old cubicle design is officially dead.

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Overexposed model is everywhere in Singapore

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Someone discovered that a certain unknown model was appearing in so many ads across Singapore that he or she started a blog with all these ads. It is so regularly updated that a local magazine wondered if the blog was started by the model herself. Either way, the overexposed model is everywhere. And yes, she’s […]

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John Clang: Singapore’s most interesting photographer

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By Vincent Serritella in New Photography on Thursday 28 February 2013

If Dos Equis had a commercial for the most interesting Singaporean photographer alive, this would be John Clang. He’s one of those artists who continues to evolve. I love the way he thinks. He’s very cognisant of the surface plane and shapes that are discovered within the photograph’s composition. And he’s also one of the […]

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LeVeL33: the world’s highest urban craft-brewery

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 February 2013

The concept is intriguing. LeVeL33 is, after all, self-proclaimed as the “world’s highest urban craft-brewery.” The sweeping views of Singapore’s Marina Bay aren’t too shabby either. But it is the beer that we’re after. Here they freshly brew their own series of blond lager, pale ale, stout and porter. All are housed in contemporary copper […]

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An oddly placed cemetery in Singapore

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 February 2013

This Chinese cemetery is the only one of its kind in Singapore. Located in the heart of a thriving restaurant and bar culture, these uniformly placed graves are a stark contrast to the residential flats surrounding them. There are 3000 in total, all perfectly placed and tended to. Only 12 are true burials while the […]

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The Code: Ethics for the starving designer

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Even starving artists must hold to a code of ethics. Certain professions such as lawyer or doctor require that someone working in that field follow a strict code. But you didn’t know that starving artists have codes, did you? Well, they do. And let me say, the code is beautifully designed and illustrated. The code […]

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