Marina Bay Sands Singapore’s Art Path – Artwork Sky Mirror at ArtScience Museum

Marina Bay Sands Singapore’s Art Path – Artwork Sky Mirror at ArtScience Museum


Walk along the lily pond at the ArtScience
Museum at Marina Bay Sands and you will see a newly installed artwork rising from the
water.Sky Mirror, consisting of a 2.9m-wide circular mirror with a concave surface, reflects
the iconic lotus-shaped museum. The 1,800kg artwork, made of stainless steel, was created
by internationally acclaimed India-born British artist Anish Kapoor, and unveiled on July
7. It is the latest addition to a collection of artworks that forms the Marina Bay Sands
Art Path. The path now comprises 11 large-scale art
installations from internationally renowned artists such as British sculptor Antony Gormley,
Chinese artist Chongbin Zheng and American artists Ned Kahn, James Carpenter and the
late Sol LeWitt. These artists were handpicked by Moshe Safdie, the famous Israeli-Canadian
architect behind Marina Bay Sands, in consultation with the integrated resort management. The
works by Israel Hadany, Zhan Wang and Kapoor were chosen by the Marina Bay Sands management.
All were selected to complement Marina Bay Sands’ architecture. The Art Path extends
from the 23-storey atrium in the hotel to the exterior of the Marina Bay Sands buildings.
Each artwork is accompanied by a description of the piece. The Art Path was launched in
April 2010 when the integrated resort opened with eight works: Gormley’s Drift; Zheng’s
Rising Forest; Kahn’s Tipping Wall, Rain Oculus and Wind Arbor; Carpenter’s Blue Reflection
Facade; as well as LeWitt’s Wall Drawings. These were specially commissioned for the
Art Path, while the subsequent additions were bought from existing collections. Said Mr
George Tanasijevich, chief executive officer and president of Marina Bay Sands, on the
significance of the Art Path: “These breathtaking large-scale installations are part of the
integrated resort’s response to the Government’s call to provide and integrate art in the central
area of Singapore.” Kapoor’s Sky Mirror was selected as it best reflects the setting of
the ArtScience Museum. The artist has done several versions of it, which have been exhibited
at New York’s Rockefeller Center and London’s Kensington Gardens. The 60-year-old London-based
artist said: “Sky Mirror engages with and reflects the surrounding space, giving the
public a kaleidoscopic view of the changing environment of Singapore.” Marina Bay Sands
declined to reveal the price of the sculpture. It has invested more than $50 million in the
Art Path’s artworks so far. Mr Tanasijevich said that the Art Path is “open to future
enhancements should the right opportunity present itself”. He added that it is not about
the monetary value, but the artistic value that each artwork can add to the growing public
art sphere in Singapore. He said: “It has to be a thoughtful process where we engage
the international artists and collaborate with them to create unique, site-specific
works that inspire and excite.” This is in recognition of the increasing prominence of
Singapore’s art scene in the world. Tours of the Art Path are conducted for schools
by educational non-profit organisation Art Outreach Singapore. Says Mr Tanasijevich:
“Through this journey, our guests can learn more about the creative process and unique
characteristics that inspired the creation of these great pieces.”

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