Art Garden 2013

We visited the Singapore Art Museum again this year for their Art Garden 2013.

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As we went during the “haze” period, we skipped the outdoor exhibit “LANDscape in the Box” and went straight for “The Enchanted Garden City”.

Kids @ The Enchanted Garden City
Kids @ The Enchanted Garden City

As we can see from the photos, it is an exhibit is about the fairy tales with an asian twist. The kids spotted the “Nonya Little Red Riding Hood”, the “Blackilocks and the three pandas”, the Ugly Troll from “The Billy Goat Gruff”, “Gingerbread Man” eaten by “Buaya”,  The grandfather clock and the mouse from “Hickory Dickory Dock”, The cow and moon from “Hey Diddle Diddle”, “Hansel and Gretel” that found the “atap house”, etc.

The Enchanted Garden City
The Enchanted Garden City

For some of the drawings, the kids couldn’t recognize on first glance due to the asian twist. For example, when I showed the boy the “Blackilocks” sleeping in the bed with 3 big pandas watching over her, he couldn’t recognise. Until I showed him the 3 bowls (with our all familiar rooster bowl) and a broken chair, did he link it together (The next day, he requested to come to the “Goldilocks and the 3 Panda” place again).

Nonetheless, the kids enjoyed this exhibit alot and spend lots of time there. Especially on the rainbow bridge.

Kids Climbing the Rainbow Bridge
Kids Climbing the Rainbow Bridge

It was good for us as the boy finally has a place to let off some of his bursting energy after being coop in the house and school due to the haze. But we are sorry that we were actually quite noisy. 😛

Mirror Mirror On the Wall
Mirror Mirror On the Wall

We also spend some time doing some drawing so we can put it up in on the magic mirror. However, the boy was too distracted by the bridge that he didn’t get to see his drawing being put up. Chubby did one for the girl though. Erm… But hopefully my girl will grow up prettier than that drawing.

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Next we went to the “Film Screening” to calm the kids down. Fortunately, when we were there, they were showing “Little Secret” by Tan Siang Yu. The boy was greatly amused by one of the scene where the little boy in the show is looking for his dog “Secret”. He was calling out “Secret” and he suddenly go “Yucks” when he spotted the dog’s poo poo on the floor. Overall, I thought the film was quite well made and the story was quite engaging.

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Next we went to the “Around the Day in Eighty Worlds”. Unfortunately we didn’t get to make our own kaleidoscope, but the kids still spend some time doing gluing and pasting.

Kids doing Art Work @ Art Garden
Kids doing Art Work @ Art Garden

Before they got distracted by the next room and went playing.

Around the day in Eighty Worlds
Around the day in Eighty Worlds

The boy enjoyed the exhibit quite a bit too, cause he can get “hands-on”. They were pulling the bird non-stop and is intrigue by how it manages to flap its wings. He doesn’t really know how to throw the hoops yet and ended up walking to it and put it over. And it was R who first spotted the kaleidoscope and was fascinated by it.

R and Kaleidoscope
R and Kaleidoscope

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Next we entered the “Stellar Cave II”, the boy first reaction was “Wow” but his interest didn’t last long as he couldn’t touch the exhibit. But I’m quite impress with what can be done with just strings. “The Incredibly Magical Expanding Room” was next, but unlike last year, the boy wasn’t interested in talking to the microphone. I think he is not impressed by the shapes, unlike last year there was graphics.

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This basically marks the end of our trip to the Art Garden 2013. We gave “Les rêves engloutis – Glossy Dreams in Depths” a miss as I’m afraid R would be frighten by the exhibit and the kids could barely understand “Love, Revolve the World”.

I would say for this year, the boy was able to enjoy the Art Garden more. I think because he is more grown up now and there are physical activities that he enjoyed. And for me, its really cool that the exhibition is now free for Citizens. So I might bring the boy back again if we can find the time before it ends. And we will be back next year again for the girl this time.

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