Orchard Gateway, Orchard Central and 313@Somerset all connected as one shopping malls with free flows of people traffic.
Especially with Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central, one you're inside either mall, you really have no idea which mall you're in, unless you're deliberately seeking out the info. There're small signs up the top of a very high ceiling that tell you which shopping mall you're in (the signs are probably big. Just look small from down on the ground level). Even then, it's not an simple task.
The Runway in OG is trying to direct the shoppers around the OG mall so as not to move to disappear into another mall.
While it's far from the largest shopping mall on Orchard Road, it's the tallest, and it has a couple of thing to hint or emphasize that fact.
Most malls tend to design with central atriums that give shoppers a 360° view of their shopfronts. If there's such a thing in Orchard Central, it would be called the rear atrium.
Here in the rear atrium is where the Tall Girl (2009) stands at a whopping 20m tall. She draws your attention to this unique spatial architecture of this mall. Her head nearly touches the roof. This is because Tall Girl is especially commissioned by OC to place it here for the purpose that I mentioned above.
This sculpture is created by Inges Idee, an artist collective based in Berlin. The slightly larger-than-life figurine is made of polyurethane and glass fibre reinforced gypsum on steel frame.
The perception of height is enhanced further by distorting the different proportion of Tall Girl. Her feet is made very large compare to her head. As this is designed to view from the ground level, the disproportionally small head accentuates the vanishing point and makes her looking even taller than she really is. (Next time when I visit, I'll get some photos of her boots and head along with some people in it so that one can make comparison of sizes). This is the opposite of the Parthenon where the ancient Greek architect designed it to be top heavy to correct this vanishing perspective distortion that when viewed from ground level.
Another structure that's reinforcing this idea of height is the Via Ferreta Wall. This is supposedly the tallest indoor rock-face wall for abseiling (for now until China decides to beat that record).
I won't cover every little hidden gems of arts and sculptures around the mall. I leave you to discover them yourself. According to OC, their permanent arts display worth over S$9 million.
I'll cover their most well known roof garden. Take their glass walled elevator to get to level 10, and then take the stairs to the roof. That's where I took my brother and his wife when they visited me.
On level 11, you'll find a colourful diorama of Yayoi Kasama's works, showing her 2 favourite elements of polka dots and tulips.
|"Let's Go to a Paradise of Tulips" (2009) by Yayoi Kasama.|
Ya, Yayoi, let's go !
|Barking up the wrong tulip?|
My sis-in-law showed me her mobile phone's wallpaper. which is another work by Yayoi Kasama, showing the similar child-like playfulness, somewhat psychedelic bright colour, and circles galore.
On level 12, you'll find a rooftop garden.
|From level 12, not only you can see the diorama, you can also get a good aerial view of |
Emerald Hill with low-rise brown roofed buildings
These several sculptures in this rooftop garden are works by Victor Tan. A well known local artist, Visually-impaired, who chooses to create sculpture out of the difficult medium of metal wires.
There's only one slinky sculpture being suspended above the stairs. The 2 figures on either side, like the 2 men in yellow jacket are reflections from the wall, producing the optical illusion that there're 3 sculptures.
Because the loose and springy metal wires that form these human figures, they're designed so that they can spring to life by breezes.
|"Nutmeg Grove" (2009) by Michelle Righetti|
This large sculpture sits on the sidewalk of Orchard Road near OC's main entrance. This bicycle helmet looking sculpture is in fact a nutmeg seed, which is one of the 3 major spices that grew in orchards in the 1840s that lined either side of this road, giving rise to its name.
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