Monday, 1 June 2015

Orchard Road Art Trail 3: ION Orchard Shopping Mall


In turn of glitz and glam, ION Orchard takes the prize with its abundant use of glass surfaces that's mimicked a brilliant diamond cut with the many reflecting triangular glass facets (call girdles) for maximal light scattering.

ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore


ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore

ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore


Like the other 2 newer shopping malls (Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central) on Orchard Road, artworks was incorporated into the space of the mall and its exterior. All 3 shopping malls are new generation of mega malls that were opened after 2009. (FYI, Orchard Gateway opened for business in 26 Apr 2014, and Orchard Central in 2 July 2009, and ION Orchard in 21 July 2009).




To look at its indoor artworks, you take the escalators up to level 4. Along the way, you'll see sculpture pieces being scattered around the columns between escalators.


Laday Standing by Valay Shande, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore The Little Big Thinker Sculpture by Pierce Matter, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore "Study Dance the Dream" by Richard MacDonald Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore

At every level, you'll find chic design seats.

Chairs, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore
Seats on level 4

Chairs, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore
Wooden bench and chairs on level 3

Targt by Ren Zhe, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore BonBon Bordeaux Degrade by Lauren Jenkell, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore L'esperance by Etienne, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore


Most of the sculptures around the escalator are exhibited by Galeries Bartoux. This is a French based art dealer that specialises in contemporary art. Its gallery is located on the ground floor. You can visit the gallery, but you aren't allowed to take photos inside.

Galeries Bartoux, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore
Shop window, Galeries Bartoux

While the following 3 familiar bronze and porcelain sculptures - also exhibited by Galeries Bartoux - could be seen in ION Orchard ground level and occasionally just outside the mall, if you have been walking around the city's CBD, you would have seen them being exhibited there from time to time.

They're works by French pop-art artist Julien Marinetti. The Ba Panda and Doggy John are 2 of his well known works, especially to Singaporeans because of their exposure. The thing of note of these sculptures is that their surfaces are canvas for his paintings, thus combining 2 media of art in one object.

Naturally, the bulldogs have French origin while the pandas have Chinese roots.


Doggy John by Julien Marinetti, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore Ba Panda by Julien Marinetti, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore Doggy John by Julien Marinatti,  Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore

If you leave the mall via the Paterson Rd exit, you'll see a work by Salvador Dali, entitles Rhinocéros Cosmique (1956).

Rhinocéros Cosmique by Salvador Dali, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore Rhinocéros Cosmique by Salvador Dali, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore Rhinocéros Cosmique by Salvador Dali, Sculpture, ION Orchard Shopping Mall, Singapore

Opera Gallery is a network of 11 contemporary art galleries around the world, and has a presence in most major cities of the world from New York, London to Hong Kong and of course Singapore. Like Galeries Bartoux, It's founded by a Frenchman Gilles Dyan. And like Galeries Bartoux, if you're into high-end art like Picasso, Gaugin, Miro and of course Dali, you may want to visit this gallery.

Apart from these 2 international, high-profile private art galleries, the mall also has their own gallery called ION Art on level 4. Exhibitions are being held there all year round, but not all are art exhibitions.

For example, on my last visit to ION Art, they had an exhibition by Jaegger-Le Coultre watches. One of the watches on display was the Grand Complications that was made in 1895. The Grand Complication title refers to watches that has at least 3 classic complications such as minute-repeaters, chronograph, and perpetual calendar.

Le Coultre's Grand Complication 1895


Just outside and at a corner of the mall is the giant sculpture that looks like a giant avocado, but in fact a nutmeg.

Nutmeg & Mace by Kumari Nahappan, Orchard Road, SIngapore
Nutmeg & Mace by Kumari Nahappan

Like another similar sculpture entitles "Nutmeg Grove" that's located outside Orchard Central, they're both connect the geographical past where Orchard Road consisted of plantations of nutmeg.


There're much to see in the mall other than fashion.



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