Creepy sombre men

So creepy. That was my first thought when I first saw these men. But even then I was drawn to them, these men in their dark, drab suits, lugging their cases and umbrellas like they needed to be somewhere.

But they looked lost. They were just milling about, unable to decide which was the right way. This guy looked like he wanted to ask for directions.

I was a little freaked out, so I pretended not to notice his eye contact and walked on by to get a bit more space between us. That wasn’t very nice of me.

Who were these men? They had obviously walked out from someone’s dream or nightmare but a literal misstep had landed them into the wrong plane. The blinding sunlight was a dead giveaway.

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I can barely help myself,” I said to another guy who looked like he wanted to ask for assistance. “You aren’t the only ones who don’t belong here.” I spoke gently, in a low voice I kept from shaking. I didn’t want to be rude. I just didn’t want to talk with him.

I think he understood my growing distress, because like his friend earlier he backed away too.

What a cool water feature. I tried to push my mind away from the men So pretty, the way it cascades.

I turned around and they were still there. I hurried away.

It occurred to me only later that maybe they weren’t trying to ask for directions, they just wanted to offer me some.

Oh well, too late now. I’ve just never been good with strangers. I avoid them like the plague, especially when they make me think of me.

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Gerard Byrne art exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Heading home after visiting the Botanic Gardens the other day, I noticed and was struck by the beauty of some paintings displayed right beside the Bukit Timah Gate of the gardens, the access point located beside the Botanic Gardens MRT station.

'Tropics' by Gerard Byrne

‘Tropics’ by Gerard Byrne, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Fine Art Print on canvas, 60 x 120 cm

The artist is a Gerard Byrne from Ireland. I’ve never heard of him because I don’t ‘follow’ art, but I absolutely love the joy and life in the six works I saw. There is an exhibition of his works called Botanical Fusion ongoing at the Botanic Gardens across 3 locations, one of which is the Bukit Timah Gate I mentioned above, since 6th September until 10th November.

According to the NParks website:

Botanical Fusion is a series of works painted by GERARD BYRNE, a Dublin born artist who is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists; of modern impressionist style.Titled Botanical Fusion, this is birthed from an artist-in-residence partnership with the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gerard Byrne, supported by Embassy of Ireland.

 

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I thought “Damn, how daring to display these paintings outside the garden grounds, along a public walkway, unguarded. What if they are stolen or vandalized?” Or, you know, just touched and generally handled by itchy, oily, sweaty fingers. It turned out they are prints, according to the labels. Still, though. I hope no harm comes to them.

According to the same webpage linked above, a selection of the original paintings completed during the artist’s residency can be viewed at the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre of the gardens.

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I don’t know what this one is called because there was no info label I could see. Maybe it dropped to the ground and got lost or something. So very pretty. I especially love the sky depicted.

'Tropical House' by Gerard Byrne

‘Tropical House’ by Gerard Byrne, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Fine Art Print on canvas, 65 x 120 cm

'Tropical Jungle' by Gerard Byrne

‘Tropical Jungle’ by Gerard Byrne, Botanical Abstract, Fine Art Print on canvas, 60 x 115 cm

'Forest Flower' by Gerard Byrne

‘Forest Flower’ by Gerard Byrne, Wood anemones blossom, Lublin, Poland, Fine Art Print on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Forest Flower above is easily my favourite among the six works exhibited at that Bukit Timah Gate location. So stunningly beautiful, and it reminds me of some of my favourite paintings by Gustav Klimt, the Austrian painter known for The Kiss and many other works.  I just love the company of trees.

'Endless Summer' by Gerard Byrne

‘Endless Summer’ by Gerard Byrne, National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Fine Art Print on canvas, 60 x 120 cm

Definitely have to go back soon to see the other works exhibited at the other two locations in the Botanic Gardens.

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Cloudy with a chance of crystal fabulosity

I was mesmerized by these clouds at the new Jewel shopping mall at Changi Airport, obviously drifted straight out from a fairy tale, looking like they were about to bestow us all with some serious glamour. But since we’re talking fairy tale, the shower of crystal rain would be gentle and in slow motion, glittering serenely and madly all at once. As opposed to cutting and slashing us all to death, that is, haha.

Couldn’t hang around to find out, though. Had to tear my eyes away from the gorgeous sight too soon. I was at the airport to send off a friend. We strolled around a bit earlier to catch in the new attraction, then after he was gone I had to rush to grab the last train back home. Would love to be back soon to admire them again. So very pretty.

Looking at these photos got me thinking just now “they’re gorgeous but how the hell are the maintenance people going to clean those things?” But hey, if they really are supposed to represent dark clouds that are about to unleash rain, then those clouds will just look better with age as they get greyer and greyer over time, haha :-)

 

Modern table design and flower arrangement at One Farrer Hotel Singapore

I don’t normally go for modern design, but this table at the lobby of One Farrer Hotel near Serangoon Road caught my eye . I like how even in its minimalism, and without any natural material like timber, it still has a somewhat organic character. Which is why I find it interesting.

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The flower arrangement, however, is not my cup of tea. I wonder what statement or look the florist was going for. To me personally this arrangement as a whole looks a little unfinished and untidy, like we’re looking at a work table at the housekeeping department where the arrangements are kept before being dispatched to various locations in the hotel.

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Maybe I’m just too anal and rigid, and have to try to better appreciate designs that are more relaxed and free-flowing. Especially in that modern and stark lobby, a bit of randomness (albeit still controlled in containers) gives a much needed breath of fresh air. And that is always appreciated, as I’m just not a fan of modern minimalist interiors. I just find it so cold and sterile. So, yes, I still enjoyed looking at this bit of ‘contained chaos’. It’s refreshing.

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Anyway it doesn’t matter much how flowers are arranged. Nice arrangements are always appreciated, but flowers are always lovely to look at no matter how they are arranged.

Downtown Line’s Little India Station

This greeted me when I exited the train at Little India station.

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The artwork and design on that wall and ceiling are pretty spectacular. I couldn’t help walking around in awe for a few minutes admiring it all, and snapping a few photos.

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I love it. At each of the different angles I saw it.

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It’s like topography, and a flock of birds, and there is whimsy and magic in it. And a Christmas winter wonderland that’s more Tron City than Narnia.

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Galaxy Cat

I came across this beautiful mural art at one side of Holland Village Market & Food Centre, the side that faces Haagen Dazs.

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Gorgeous, isn’t it. I find it fascinating, even as I feel a bit uneasy as I study it. It rekindles a suspicion deep inside me that I thought I had long banished.

That cats first came from outer space thousands of years ago, landing on our planet to enslave us. Cunningly working their way into our hearts with their fluffy cuteness and by pretending to be hopelessly derpy ever since. But we all know they are forever slyly plotting away in those pretty little heads of theirs on how to finally beat us into total submission. I have frequently caught my cats staring at me with a startlingly evil expression.They came close to domination with the ancient Egyptians, but all their effort backfired when they ended up being mummified along with the very masters they were seeking to destroy after seducing them. Progress has been slow ever since because they kept getting distracted into playtime by glittery things and puking out hairballs.

The designer of my keychain not only agrees with me, but thinks the situation is far more grim than I had thought.

Cats now rule the world

Anyway, back to the mural art.

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I am inspired by this artwork to call the next cat I adopt ‘Galaxy’. Or Gal, for short.

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Graffiti art in Kuala Lumpur

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When we were in K.L., there was a metro station just about ten minutes walk from our hotel, so it was convenient to use their excellent commuter rail system to get around the city for sightseeing. This is the street art we were treated to on the way there, along a canal drain we would cross to get to the station.

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My favourite panel. A kid gazing out a train window at what I’m guessing is the exact spot or area we’re at! The same canal, the same bridges we crossed, the same wall of graffiti. Neat.

Some of the other photos:

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Day 96

Mosaic work on floor

On the drive back from a long weekend trip to the resort town of Port Dickson, my brother and sister-in-law very kindly decided to stop by the historical city of Malacca for Bert’s benefit as he had never been there before, and to grab lunch. We only had a few hours, so we only caught glimpses of three sights very quickly: the A Famosa Fort, the Malacca Sultanate Palace, and the Independence Monument Museum.

I’ll post pictures someday, probably when we have returned there to visit it ‘properly’, as Malacca is a very interesting city-state. One of the smallest states in Malaysia, but one of the most fascinating as it is rich in history and culture. It is in fact dubbed ‘The Historic State‘ and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Penang’s George Town.

Damn, wrong intro. After mentioning history and culture, all I’m going to show now are pictures from a shopping mall. Haha, sorry.

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Oh well, it’s just that, across where we ate was this mall with a lot of arts and crafts stalls. After visiting those, we went outside of one of the upper floors for a breather and there was this gorgeous mosaic work featuring what look like pebble stones. And that’s what I want to feature in this post, this really beautiful (to me) and large mosaic work.

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Day 91

 

Sprue Sculpture

A sculpture seen at Raffles Place. I like how it uses a popular toy item to relay its idea. After some checking online, I found that this type of panel of components is called a sprue, thanks to this post.

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What I like about it is the void at the bottom left where there’s a dedicated space for two persons to stand, to be part of the sculpture. I thought that was a cute touch.  DSCN3047_reduced 2

Related:

  • mocoloco.com – TURBO Car Kit Wall Sculpture by Jellio (20 December 2005)
  • jellio.com – ‘Drive-In’ sculpture
  • makezine.com – Life-size boat model kit sprue (16 December 2009)
  • designboom.com – Michael Johansson’s injection molded assembly sets (01 September 2013)

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