Art-hop while you shop: Part 2
As the saying goes, you miss 100% of the art you don’t notice. This holiday season, take a breather from browsing shelves and keep an eye out for these one-of-a-kind art installations in and around your Christmas shopping haunts.
An escape from the throngs of tourists and holiday shoppers at ION Orchard is just a few floors up. The ION Art Gallery on Level 4 of the mall opens into the virtual grounds of the Palace of Versailles, allowing you to decompress in its manicured, tree-lined gardens and gilded ballrooms. The fully-immersive experience is part of the Virtually Versailles exhibition. There are also pieces of art placed around the mall that promise to bring you momentary delight.
Entrance to the Virtually Versailles exhibition.
Nothing comes close to being at the Palace of Versailles in the flesh, but the immersive exhibition by Château de Versailles and Essec Business School can make you forget you are not on holiday as soon as you step into the show. The entrance, a virtual depiction of the Palace’s golden gate against a time-lapse video that captures the changing Parisian sky, is immediately transporting.
The exhibition allows visitors to cycle virtually through the Palace grounds and explore its rooms up close.
After a leisurely bike ride through the Palace grounds – virtual, of course – take a 360-degree tour of its ballrooms and galleries to feel like proper French royalty.
Don’t miss a soaring view of the Palace.
Don’t forget to take the lift to the 56th floor of the ION building, where the exhibition continues, with a bird’s-eye view of the Palace grounds.
La Lecture 2
Bronze sculpture, La Lecture 2, by the artist Etienne.
Right outside the ION Art Gallery are these semi-abstract bronze figures by French sculptor Etienne, which appear to be reading from a book and sharing a serene moment. The sculpture looks different from various angles and it is best viewed from the front and sides.
Sweet Heart Cherry Large
Sculpture, Sweet Heart Cherry Large, by Surinamese sculptor Lothar Vigelandzoon.
If all that shopping has you feeling peckish, you will find the glossy, larger-than-life cherry sculpture by Surinamese sculptor Lothar Vigelandzoon on Level 3 of the mall especially tempting. This eye-candy might not be the snack you are looking for, but it could be a cue to refuel before you continue shopping.