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July 26, 2011

It’s a vibrant city – this place called Singapura (Singapore in English).

It’s obvious from the moment one sets foot in this spectacluar city.

Art and architecture are reflective of a city’s mood, its frame of mind.  Singapore?

Boundless optimism.

This is Singapore’s Orchestra Hall – it’s huge (those are full-sized trees) and reportedly one of the more expensive acoustically perfect halls ever built. When one is flush – one can afford flights of fancy.

The city’s mascot – a mer-lion.  Yes, its a lion and a fish, and it squirts water.  Why is this important?  I’m not sure, but it does attract crowds!

Some of the architecture reminded me of Barcelona.

Other buildings were reminiscent of Art Deco – even though they were new.

The place looked all the world as if it was in Ghostbusters!

There was art in the city –

And the city was art.

All this and Astro Boy, too!

We were impressed with Singapore’s use of colour on buildings – coloration used in a way not imagined elsewhere.

We were especially fond of this next building, as it exemplified the spirit of Singapore – a melding of the old with a riot of colour – applied most tastefully.

The MICA building – more on that later.  The pride of Singapore in public art and architecture – very cool.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 1:01 am

    I like it, its like asian Barcelona

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      August 1, 2011 1:28 am

      No – it’s a mash up of India, China, Malaysia with an English foundation. If Walt Disney’s version of the perfect city was functional – it would be Singapore. This is not a bad thing, mind you – clean and functional beats littered and dysfunctional any day of the week.

      Not naming any names here – don’t want to piss off anyone.

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