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Old December 9th, 2009, 03:14 PM   #341
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Old December 10th, 2009, 03:44 AM   #342
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Marina Bay Sands signs 30 deals for events at Expo & Convention Centre



7 Dec 09

SINGAPORE : Marina Bay Sands on Monday said it has signed over 30 deals for premier events at its new Expo and Convention Centre.

This is expected to attract over 150,000 attendees to the integrated resort when it opens next year.

Marina Bay Sands said it has sealed events from a wide range of industries, from the engineering and legal sector to life sciences and renewable energy.

Some events are marking their return to Singapore after many years. For example, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association 2010 Conference will see top lawyers from the region converging in Singapore in May for the first time since 1994.

With the theme of 'Climate Change', the prestigious event counts former US Vice President and environment champion Al Gore as its keynote speaker.

Other events include the 2010 UFI Congress which will return to Singapore after a 15-year absence.

New shows that will debut at Marina Bay Sands include the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo Asia 2011 trade show - the first major textile event catered to the Asian audience.

In addition, the Marina Bay Sands team is working on more than 100 additional prospects for meetings, incentives and conventions over the next four years.


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Old December 10th, 2009, 04:12 AM   #343
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Old December 11th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #344
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Old December 11th, 2009, 08:54 PM   #345
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Wow...que buen diseño tienen estas torres....y que bien se ve que va la construccion
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Old December 18th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #346
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'What the hell is that?'

Antony Gormley expects that sort of reaction to his controversial, larger-than-life works. He talks to WOON TAI HO about his installation for Marina Bay Sands, which will be the largest sculpture in Singapore



ANTONY Gormley is fascinated with the human body, particularly his own, which is what he models most of his works on. Currently, he has an exhibition in Beijing's 798 district titled Another Singularity where a matrix of a human body five times larger than life is fashioned from 682 bungee cords, forming a kind of cobweb stretching from the floor to the ceiling of an old three-storey warehouse.

While Singularity captured attention, it was a divided reaction that followed his recent work One and Other, which was part of the 100-day celebration of British democracy. For this project, he invited literally anyone - from the ordinary to the eccentric - to stand at Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth and pose as a live sculpture. The 'installation' had critics calling it everything from 're-definition of sculptural art' to 'complete rubbish'.

But the London-born installation artist brushes aside controversy and attention, saying that he would rather focus on the artistic concept behind his works.

Body case sculptures

The 59-year-old came to prominence in the early 1980s with his body case sculptures. For close to two decades, he worked around the world on he calls the Field project. Using local material from different regions, he got residents to make little figures of themselves and create a kind of surrogate population. For example, Asian Field - his installation for the 2006 Biennale of Sydney - comprised 500 clay figures made out of 125 tonnes of clay in Xianxian village, Guangzhou in 2003.

Gormley's commission for the Marina Bay Sands, though, will be of a totally different scale. Destined for the lobby of the main building, it will be the largest sculpture in Singapore, possibly the region. Standing eight storeys high or 24m, it will have a width of 13m and span a length of 40m.

Gormley calls it the Drift - basically a huge cloud made of stainless steel pieces originally measuring 12m by 3.3m (the biggest that could fit onto a local lorry). These were later made into various stripes that suspend the bubble balls.


While his other works around the world are spread out over a huge land surface (like Asian Field in Sydney) or occupying many floors (as in 798 Beijing), this is a single piece occupying a single space. Gormley was inspired to create it because of the sheer size of the Marina Bay Sands.

'The atrium is 300m - huge,' he says. 'It is challenging to fill up such a space. What I want Drift to do is to allow people to feel the space and be energised by it without feeling dwarfed. It needs to go with the enormity of the architecture, yet allow people to feel comfortable, hence the cloud.'

But where's the body, you might ask. Drift is still very much designed from the human form, or to be more specific, Gormley's human form. It is a floating cloud made up of 2,200 'balls', digitally modelled after Gormley's body.

But at this stage of his work, the form has become more abstract. In the last few years, Gormley's works have become more and more about the dematerialisation of the form rather than the form itself.

In his earlier works, where he used materials such as lead, he focused more on the skin, or the surface where substance gives way to appearance. With Drift, Gormley describes the form more like 'sound or smell, it's a long and tall cloud, it is hardly there', adding: 'It is based on the random bubble geometry fugitive - here one minute gone the next.' In the middle of this cloud, there is indeed a body form, but you would need to find it, as it is not immediately apparent.

Gormley has spent time in India and has been influenced by Buddhism. He explains that Buddhism underscores the most fundamental truth, which is we don't really possess anything at all - everything including our body, is temporary. Such is the thought behind One and Other, where people could be who they were - 'or were not', he adds - as an art work.

Unprecedented in scale

To make the Drift sculpture, Gormley enlisted Automated Machinery Equipment International (AME), an engineering company that specialises in marine and steel engineering. 'We started about five months ago,' says Steven Goh, AME's managing director. 'Seventy guys from our company worked on his sculpture, day and night.'

As the work was unprecedented in scale, AME first worked on the design in their factory in Tuas. 'We were chosen because his design needed very complex engineering expertise,' explains Goh, adding that the sculpture is something he never dreamt that he would be working on. By mid October, the sculpture was moved to Marina Bay. 'We feel honoured, a local company working on something so unusual, something so huge, and from such a world renowned artist,' adds Goh.

But what of the reaction of the public when it is finally unveiled?

Gormley is not too concerned.

'When you walk into the lobby, you are very likely to say: 'What the hell is that?' he says. 'My aim is for you to go explore it and find out for yourself.'

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SkyPark works nearly complete

21 Dec 09

SINGAPORE - Integrated resort Marina Bay Sands (MBS) said the heavy lifting works at its SkyPark joining three hotels - a complicated megatonne steel structure that has slowed its construction - is near completion.

The last piece of the cantilever, part of a superstructure that weighs 7,000 tonnes in total, is scheduled to be lifted in coming weeks, making it the longest observation deck in the world, MBS said in a statement last night.

Flying into town to observe the completion of the steel structure was Sheldon Adelson, chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp - which owns MBS - and his wife Dr Miriam Adelson.

"We wanted to bring something special to Singapore and the Sands SkyPark meets that ambition. The design is incredibly phenomenal. It is amongst the world's greatest engineering and architectural feats of modern times," said Mr Adelson.

"The completion of the SkyPark's steel structure represents a major milestone in the completion of this property."

During their visit, the couple signed a plaque thanking Singapore for making MBS possible - this will be included in the Sands SkyPark.

The SkyPark superstructure is made up of 14 individual parts, which are lifted using a unique combination of bridge and building technology, 200m above ground.

When completed, the 1.2-hectare Sands SkyPark will be home to restaurants, a 150-metre swimming pool, lush greenery and a public observation deck.

This latest update came as speculation of another delay surfaced last week, after a source familiar to the project told MediaCorp that the IR was targeting to open in April.

In the Today report published over the weekend, industry observers also said they are betting on a mid-year opening; while couples hoping to be among the first to hold their wedding banquets at one of its 25 ballrooms have been advised these should be for dates after May 15.

New hires for the integrated resort have also received letters stelling them to start work at a later date.

MBS was originally slated to open late this year, but a shortage of sand and slow construction work have delayed the project.

More updates could be given this week as Mr Adelson is expected to meet with local media while in Singapore. ANSLEY NG


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It's massive, bigger then an airport looks like.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 06:20 AM   #350
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Very interesting design.

Seems that the buildiong has a look of the 60s though in its clading and inspiration. Back to the future kind of design

The Skypark looks like a great idea. Will this make the Wheel less popular. The position of the wheel is further out and at a lesser height, yet the angle and view of the city are on the same side. Will be interesting to see.

This, along with Sentosa look like great additions to Singapores tourism and destination profile.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 08:28 AM   #351
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what a new icon for singapore....absolutely great design, also radical sky garden view...
cant wait till finish on 2011..??
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Extraordinary!, a modern marvel masterpiece indeed.!
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magnificent My favorite part of this building is skypark.
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WOW. Incredible futuristic! Love to see the final construction going on!
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The year 3000 called, they want there building back!
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WOW. Incredible futuristic! Love to see the final construction going on!
As will I. In February I will visit Singapore again. And I am going to have a look at this site.
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We want to see you back with at least one Gigabyte of pictures of this building
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