Crafty art at recently opened museum

Crafty art at recently opened museum
All exhibits carry different storylines and visitors will be part of the 60 masterpieces on display.

One moment you are trapped in a whirlpool and the next, you are escaping a zombie apocalypse.

Launched in 2009 as South Korea's first 3D visual illusion museum, Alive Museum opened its doors here on June 12 at Suntec City level 3.

The 10,000 sq ft space features 81 interactive pieces, of which nine are locally-themed.

South Korean artists handcrafted and painted the pieces in four genres - trick art, digital art, object art and experimental art.

Mr Woo Sang Heo, Alive Museum's creative director said: "We have designed several digital and object art exhibits specially for Singaporeans.

"Visitors may enjoy being a mermaid at Mermaid's World, take a picture of their 'promptly attained' break-dancing moves, and even catch a digital Marilyn Monroe by surprise with a sudden gust of wind.

"We are also presenting Singapore-themed artwork, with local culture infused into the exhibits."

Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer are two local landmarks to be featured.

When visitors strike a pose with the artwork and then snap a picture, a three-dimensional scene is created, thanks to optical illusion.

There are designated photo points to bring out the best visual effects from each exhibit.

Mr Ong Puay Chong, 71, a retailer, who visited the museum with his family on June 13, said: "It's a good activity for families to enjoy and bond together over.

"My favourite exhibit is the kayak in the jungle. I was happily posing with my daughter."

The museum will expand the number of exhibits to 90 with its project for Singapore's 50th birthday next year. Singaporeans from all walks can contribute art that defines our country's essence.

The best 20 pieces will be exhibited by the end of the year.

The museum will replace 30 per cent of the exhibits every 12 to 18 months.

Ticket prices for adults are $25 and $20 for children between the age of three and 12. Alive Museum is located at #03-372, Suntec City Mall between Towers 3 and 4.

This article was first published on June 24, 2014.
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