Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Art Running Route- Marina Bay

A partial view of the Art Science Museum from inside Marian Bay Sands

Thanks to the haze and my laze mainly, it's been almost a month since my last run with the boys. On Sunday, I decided to go solo round my favourite route at Marina Bay.  

Teddy Bear by Julien Marinetti

A cloudy morning and the constant threat of a drizzle made the weather a perfect one for a slow run. 
"Doggy John" 

I knew my run would be rewarding in terms of eye candies and I was not wrong. There was a series of bronze sculptures by a French artist called Julien Marinetti. 

"Panda Ba"

This is what the plague says about the artist:

 "Julien Marinetti is a painter, a sculptor, an engraver, someone creative to the upper tips of the fingers. He is essentially a visual artist and explores numerous facets of Arts. Full loving of the Quattrocento, he embossed his path in the melting pot of flamboyant classicism. 

Today his work goes back and forth, without losing itself, between neo-cubism and expressionism to show his famous syncretism of Arts. His sculptures- "Doggy John", "Teddy Bear", "Skull", "Duck" and now "Panda Ba" -are mediums he forms in the unique aim to paint them. His sense of "Panda Ba"- volume is insolently innate, however he confesses always "being in search of the absolute of architectural composition, balance in forms, in symmetry, in harmony" and that "he doesn't search likeness but existence". When he paints, he gives birth to his sculpture with rapid strokes, in a profusion of colours both instinctive and brilliantly mastered, and his preferred colours are perceptible." 

It took me a terribly long 90 minutes to complete 9.75 km but that is all right. It is no longer about the running but the route. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fantasia by Escriba

We were really excited when we read about an unusual exhibition called "Fantasia by Escriba" touted as a "magical wonderland like never before".  Willy Wonker's Chocolate factory meets Cirque de Soleil, life size sculptures and giant wedding cakes made entirely out of pastry and chocolates by Christian Escriba and his wife Patricia Schmidt, samples and champagne, what more do I need for a day out, right?

Clowning around before the show

Well, we decided quite quickly to see the Midnight Fantasia because they promised some tantalising "adult only" shows (but it was truly because the price of the tickets were about 1/4 of the usual day show). 

"Step Right In"

Midnight Fantasia started at about 10.30 pm. Patrons were invited to an Ibiza party after. We were  really more keen on the sculptures and performances.

There was the dreamscape that came to Escriba when he was sleeping one night.

A mad scientist waiting to explode a cake in your face but never did of course.

And a make-up artist for the moon.

There was of course the tallest chocolate waterfall standing at 8.5 m and free all you can drink chocolate shots from the fountain.

In the next pavilion was the circus of sculptures made  from all manner of confections. 

Models posing as statue

We had more samplings of chocolate lips and chocolates fries and took home many. 

Escriba looking rather bred at the DJ console

We were nonetheless a little disappointed as they closed off a big part of the exhibition for the Midnight Fantasia. It was the recreation of La Rambla with the famed confectionery, Escriba. We also did not get a close up of all the finer creations by Patricia Schmidt.

O, and the tantalising adult only show? The wriggling and jiggling interested us for about 15 minutes before we decided to call it a night. 

I am glad we went of course. The chocolates were truly delicious and the sculptures were eye-openers. I will highly recommend it for all lovers of sugar craft. 

Good thing Escriba will be opening a shop in Singapore soon. I may finally get to see the exquisite "shoes" they bake. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Singapore Night Festival - 2014

I have always love our night festivals. 

This year especially was a special one.

As always the night lights captivated.

Basked in love and beauty,
 I felt grateful to be alive...

A special thank you to  Clement Briend

I especially love his Divine Trees