Marina Bay Sands To Open ArtScience Museum
There is yet another reason to visit the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore's massive resort casino complex., the world's first ArtScience museum. The museum, which will open in February is the latest attraction at the $5.5 billion gambling complex that features celebrity chef restaurants, luxury shopping and the sky park, a park that is 60 stories up and links the resort's three towers. The museum was designed by architect Moshe Safie and is reminiscent of a lotus flower (it's the structure under construction on the left from this picture taken back in April at the time of the opening of the first phase of the project). The design is also supposed to represent a welcoming hand and
The ArtScience museum is due to open on Feb 17 at 1:18 p.m., a time chosen by a feng shui master as being auspicious. The museum has 10 "fingers" anchored by a round base in the middle and each finger holds gallery spaces with skylights at the "fingertips." The curved roof of the museum harvests rainwater, sending it to a reflecting pool. There are a total of 21 gallery spaces that will embrace achievements in both art and science. The 60,000 square feet of space will include Leonardo DaVinci's Flying Machine and a celebration of the KongMing lantern, the sky lantern popular in Asia. Traveling exhibitions will change every three to six months.