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 […]
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 […]
Jeppe Hein, an artist based in Berlin and Copenhagen, created a series of modified Social Benches with a basic form not unlike the garden variety of benches everywhere. The catch: they are altered in a way that makes them somewhat challenging to sit on. I found a few of these beaches scattered along a waterfront […]
We don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads, we don’t have a phobia of giant babies towering over our heads… oh, maybe we do. We’ll have to give it to Marc Quinn for making this massive supersized white-painted bronze […]
Designed by Singapore’s architectural darlings WOHA, the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel in Singapore packs a maddening 15,000 square metres of gardens, waterfalls and vertical green walls into its premises. Seems legit, then, that it is hailed as a ‘hotel in a garden’. The endless cascading tiers are inspired by Bali’s rice terraces, while, within the hotel’s eco-luxe confines, everything adds up to form a rather impressive sum of the total: marble walls that appear to flow like water, plucky birdcage-shaped cabanas that overlook the infinity pool and playful shadows cast by trees silhouetted against mood lights at night.
Let’s not forget the green measures in place too — that includes harvesting rain, harnessing solar power and making good use of sensors to conserve both energy and water.
The world’s Tamil community celebrated Thaipusam over the weekend, a highly visual affair with devotees taking part in a street procession, some carrying decorated Kavadis on their bodies, some with piercings through their tongues and bodies. We spotted these marvelous fresh snaps by Paul Cowell, who perfectly captured the festival’s evocative sights and intense atmosphere of the festivities that took place in Singapore.
A soot black shophouse basking in the sun just looks glorious. Especially when it also has an open black and white wooden porch smack in front of it. That’s how I found myself lured into Artistry, a cafe-bar-restaurant, part art space in Singapore that recently set up base at the first floor of said shophouse. According to co-owner Prashant Somosundram, the porch, massive communal table and stools were upcycled and custom-built with wood salvaged from replica kampong huts that were torn down in Geylang Serai’s Malay Village. The textures are great.
Recently in Singapore, a warehouse fire resulted in barrels of detergent concentrate getting damaged. Which in turn caused foam clouds to form. Some of the billowing foam started hitting the streets, floating about in the air, carried by the wind. We’re having fun looking at the pictures of the foam-ified streets that’ve turned up on Twitter.
The Singapore Eyes Research Institute has opened an exhibition entitled Eyes That Tell Stories. The exhibition features amazing, high definition pictures of people’s eyes; the people ranging from sports stars to news presenters. The whole project is in an effort to raise funds for the Eye Institute, which helps to prevent against eye disease and […]
Think of levitating pictures, and Natsumi Hayashi, who has gained a huge following with her quirky self-portraits, probably comes to mind. Inspired by her as well as other global levitators like her, Jayden and Jeff recently started Levitation SG, taking the art of mid-air suspension to the streets of Singapore. As they declare on their Facebook page, ‘Its all done without any cables, its all sweat and passion. No photoshop no touch ups’. We love how playful and childlike their works are.
The Speak Good English Movement in Singapore (yes, it exists) recently shared a series of words on Facebook with their letters rearranged to form creative and yet somewhat accurate reinterpretations of the original words. Here, have a read.
Part of the IEX Asian Heritage collection (a range of fashion and lifestyle collectibles by designers and artists inspired by artefacts from Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum), the Impression series of raku clay bowls and plates go beyond the Song Dynasty Yaozhou bowl that inspired them. They are also touchingly ergonomic, with slight dents at the spots where the thumbs go. By Mindflyer/Michael Ng and handcrafted by Steven Low.
I’m a sucker for a good time-lapse film, getting to see a new place in a new way. Producing a static shot of a single subject is tough enough, but this dude absolutely kills it by adding in seemingly impossible moves through his city of choice. Singapore, Moscow and Belarus (see below) all get the treatment.
I met this awesome lady in Thailand, during the Little Lotus Project. Sheryo is a wicked street artist originally from Singapore but now Brooklyn-based. She has traveled the world doing art bombings everywhere she lands: from Korea, to Cambodia, Indonesia, to LA and New York. Her works are gnarly, hilarious and incredible.
Sometime back, we featured Muon, and the self-declared sui-generis sonic anarchists from Singapore now have a new album out, The Shape of Shapes to Come. I’ve soaked up all 12 tracks at their Bandcamp page and it’s like my ears just swum in love. This is one of the album tracks, Aqua Assault, performed live.