|City Hall in the foreground & the dome of the former Supreme Court on a rainy day|
|Mr. Lui awards Yap Kim Hock with the Grand Prize in the Open Category of the photo contest.|
|Ong Yi Chao, Grand Prize winner of the Youth Category|
|Official launch of the National Art Gallery Open House!|
After the official launch, a gaggle of Singaporean artists tromped out to the City Hall steps, where a smart red carpet had been laid out, for a photo op with Mr. Lui. Lots of arranging and rearranging later, the shot was achieved (you can see the more high-quality Straits Times photo here, along with the accompanying news story), and everyone filed back inside for tea. A small part of City Hall has already been turned into finished gallery space, with all of the winning photos from the photo competition on display, in addition to some historical information about the buildings, and a nifty, high-tech animation of what the buildings will look like once the project has been completed.
|Singaporean artists outside City Hall|
|Yummy veggie snacks, catered by Rasel|
|Stairs leading out of the main hall|
|Intimidating lock on the door in the floor. I also dig the dusty bootprints.|
|Super retro surveillance equipment|
If you're interested in seeing these two buildings or the photos on exhibit in the gallery, the Open House will be running for the next two weekends. There will be loads of activities, including a light show in the evenings, a portrait artist, guided tours, a flea market, and goodie bags. You can get more information here. It will certainly be interesting to see how this space evolves over the next few years!