I’ve been seeing many trick art photos taken by friends, and posted on Facebook and Instagram.
That’s because Singapore now has two such museums, the largest being Alive Museum, which is centrally located at Suntec City. It has more than 80 art pieces, so do allocate at least an hour for your visit. 9 of them are locally themed, and can only be found in Singapore.
Apparently, trick art was very popular in the Baroque era (16th Century), meaning that Mozart might have seen a few of them.
My first encounter with interactive optical illusions was at our Changi Airport a few years ago. Since then, I’ve heard of very impressive street art that creates the most amazing and imaginative “3D” images when people pose at strategic vantage points, such as being precariously balanced on a precipice. Some pieces are so well-drawn and realistic that passers-by get a huge shock to ‘see’ that someone is stuck in a bizzare situation.
So we were happy to visit Alive Museum, to have our very own collection of such shots. We had a really fun evening!
I brought the kids and two other relatives, who were very game to pose, so we were laughing and having a great time throughout. Totally exhausted at the end!
I later learnt that the museum also offers free wifi, so you can upload your quirky snapshots immediately, and evoke instant IG-envy, haha.
Alive Museum originates from Korea, and has 15 branches operating globally. Its largest is in Jeju Island and receives about 1.5 million visitors a year! All the artwork in Alive Museum Singapore are hand-painted by South Korean artsts, and 30% of the collection is refreshed every year, so that the museum stays current and interesting to repeat visitors.
|Alice in Wonderland – giant baby and shrunk jie jie.|
My favourite optical illusions were the ones who make you look like you’re in an impossible position. Suspended over a mammoth aligator’s snapping jaws, perched high above the Singapore skyline and clutching to a thin pole for dear life, or being sucked into a swirling deep blue whirlpool… so much fun!
There were also art installations where a motion sensor triggers a blast of wind such that the “windswept hair” effect is created. Super cool.
It’s interesting to learn that Alive Museum will be involved in the “Singapore 50” celebrations as well, where 20 art entries that define the essence of Singapore will be incorporated in the museum, bringing the total number of art works to 100.
So if you’re wondering what to do with kids in Singapore, here’s another option to consider. K and B had a great time, because this museum encourages full interaction, and invites one and all to touch and clamber on everything! They said that their favourite exhibit was the canoe (spotted it?) because it had a gentle slope that they could slide down, haha.
Alive Museum Singapore
Suntec City, #03-372 (next to Burger King, between Towers 3 and 4)
Daily from 10am to 10pm
$25 per adult, $20 per child (3-12 years), $60 family package (2 adults and 1 kid) with extra kids at $10 each.
Note: I was given two complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review.