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07 January 2013

OH! Open House 2013 - Marina Bay



Singapore's only art walkabout, OH! Open House has returned for 2013.  This time away from the shophouses and HDBs of previous years at Niven Road, Marine Parade and Tiong Bahru to corporate Singapore and the high powered boardrooms and offices of Marina Bay.  The theme for this year being, The Happiness Index.

On this year's tour you'll get to visit six locations (including a few very interesting ones) and see thirteen artists work.  Obviously I don't want to completely ruin it for you if you do decide to join a tour but I will say I was surprised by how interactive parts of the exhibition are as well as there being the more traditional art hanging on the wall.  There are a few surprises along the way as well.  I even got my 'moment', somewhat unexpectedly!  All I will say is that Franz Kafka's, 'The Trial' inspired that particular piece and I have a memento to treasure from it.  
Shelf Life - Studiokaleido - DBS Super Social Hub

The majority of the art on display is in the shiny, new modern buildings synonymous with the Marina Bay Financial Centre area but there is also one piece displayed in somewhat of an office time warp.  It actually reminded me a little of some of the offices I worked in in my former Civil Servant life in the UK.  The office is that of a top lawyer and is a real contrast to the gleaming towers where all the other pieces are on show.  The piece itself is, in part, inspired by a former Singapore and is very fitting for its location.

Spell#7 - DBS Super Social Hub

I didn't get to see the previous Open Houses so I can't say if the decision to move it to the financial hub of Singapore is a good one or not.  As well as the art on display inside the buildings you are also treated to some great views of the Marina Bay area.  Some people have great office views!  I imagine it's a vastly different experience this year from previous ones but go and see it for yourself and make your own decision.

View from the DBS Super Social Hub

The Search for Happiness - Eeshaun - Google office

View from Deutsche bank office - they'll have a very different one from now at some stage

If you want to view the OH! Open House this year you can do so on the following days, 12, 13, 19, 20 January 2013 - 11am - 5pm.  Tickets are $20 at the door. 

Please note that there is a lot of walking on this tour so wear comfortable shoes.  Go prepared as well for Singapore's weather for those periods where you are between locations as most of the walking is outside. 

Tours start at:

DBS Asia Central
Marina Bay Financial Centre
12 Marina Boulevard
Tower 3, Level 3

This blog resulted from an invitation and represents the thoughts and opinions of the writer. All information on this blog is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy or timeliness and the writer will not be liable for any losses, injuries or damages from the display or use of this information. All text and photos on this blog are the original works of the writer unless stated otherwise. 


Thank you to Marina Bay and the Urban Redevelopment Authority for the kind invitation. 


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