My cab driver told me how he has witnessed the evolution of Singapore from a dirty backwater to the fantastic city it is today. Clean, modern, and green, the progress was, he said, due to good work of benevolent dictator Lee Kwan Yew or "Mr. Lee" the Elder, the father of the current Mr. Lee, Lee Hsien Loong.
That being said, this is the cleanest city I have visited and with a pleasant "vibrancy" wherever you go. I was in town for less than 24-hours and stayed with my friends Anja and Frits, who have a place near the downtown core. After catching my breath, we were off to see the city. There is public art everywhere you look, and I didn't even see the Merlion.
|Homage to Newton by Salvador Dali, 1985|
|Bird by Fernando Botero, 1990|
|Progress & Advancement by Lien Ying Chow, 1988.|
There was lots of street art and other interesting things to see in Chinatown and Haji Lane.
|Chinese Opera on Temple Street by Yip Yew Chong|
|detail from above|
|Mid-Autumn Festival by Yip Yew Chong|
|Dressed Woman by Fernando Botero, 2003|
|Snail Queen by Salvador Dali, 1974.|
The show was Disturbing Narratives. Here are a few pieces:
Next, we visited Little India, where they will be celebrating "Deepavali" the Festival of Lights this weekend. All in all, a spectacular city.
And I could not leave Singapore without a few shots from it's spectacular Changi Airport. Like the rest of the city, being green is a major emphasis, with lots of Art. Just for fun, the last pic is of Bagan Airport. The next to last, is the smoking room.
|Riot (The Two Towers) by Paolo Grassino, 2016-19|
|Just Warm Me Up by Erro, 1995|
|Sculpture in 2 Pieces by Urs Lothl, 2018|
|The Ghost of History, 59 Grains of clay by Andrea Fogli, 2016|
|Swallowing the Shadow by Chun Sungmyung, 2008|
And a few more shots from around town:
|Tall Tree In The Eye by Anish Kapoor, 2013|
|Jelly Baby Family by Mauro Perucchetti|
|Singapore Soul by Jaume Plensa, 2011|
|Momentum by David Gerstein, 2007|
|Security Guard by Marc Sijan|
|Tall Girl by Inges Idee, 2009|