One of the buildings that is part of the Marina Bay Sands resort complex is the ArtScience Museum.
The museum and adjoining ArtScience Gallery is more of a host to touring exhibitions than having a vast permanent collection of it’s own, but what interests me more in today’s post is the actual architecture of the building itself.
Designed by Moshe Safdie to resemble a lotus flower, it’s also become known as the “Welcoming hand of Singapore”.
Wiki tells me that:
“The ArtScience museum is anchoured by a round base in the middle with ten extensions referred to as “fingers”.
The design concept denotes various gallery spaces sporting skylights at the “fingertips” which are included as sustainable illumination for the dramatically curved interior walls.
When completed the ArtScience museum will feature 21 gallery spaces equating to 50.000 square feet (6.000 square meters)”.
There is a small permanent collection here, so I do think that this is one place that I would like to visit on future trip to Singapore: alone if the kids are still young and their attention spans are short, or with them if they are a little older and have learned to appreciate art galleries and museums more than they do at present.
In the meantime I will make do with the views of the building that can be gained from the water as our Duck Tour progresses…