Singapore casino to launch world’s first ArtScience museum

SINGAPORE, Dec 29 (Reuters Life!) – Singapore’s Marina Bay
Sands will open the world’s first ArtScience museum in
February, the latest attraction at its $5.5 billion gambling
complex built by U.S. casino giant Las Vegas Sands .

With a form reminiscent of a lotus flower designed by
renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the science museum is due to
open on Feb 17 at 1:18 p.m., “as advised by our feng shui
master,” a Marina Bay Sands spokeswoman said.

Dubbed “The Welcoming Hand of Singapore” by Las Vegas
Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson, the museum hosts 10 “fingers”
anchored by a round base in the middle. The design of each
finger reveals different gallery spaces featuring skylights at
the “fingertips” that illuminate the dramatically curved
interior walls.

The building features 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000
square feet (6,000 square metres) that will deliver exhibits
from art and science, media and technology, to design and
architecture, the statement said.

The permanent exhibition includes objects representing
accomplishments of art and science through the ages, such as
Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine, a Kongming Lantern and a
high-tech robotic fish.

The dish-like roof of the museum allows rainwater to be
harvested and channeled down through the center of the
structure to the reflecting pond at the lowest level of the
building.

(Reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

Singapore casino to launch world’s first ArtScience museum