Trick Eye Museum, a renowned tourist destination in South Korea, has made its way to Singapore! This three-dimensional (3D) art gallery features paintings created using trompe l’oeil techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D.
The museum occupies an area of 800 square metres and features six theme zones (World of Masterpieces, Love in Winter, Star of Circus, Safari Kingdom, Dreams of Fairytale and Adventure Discovery), with 80 3D paintings and optical illusion masterpieces, 50 of which were created specially and adapted for the Singapore gallery.
I had been eagerly anticipating the opening of this museum and was absolutely thrilled when I was invited to a preview! The museum officially opens on Sunday, 8th June 2014.
Here’s the ticketing booth, sandwiched between the entrance and exit of the museum.
This museum is meant to be an interactive one and visitors are expected to pose with the paintings so that they’ll look as if they are subjects within the masterpieces. It’s definitely something that will interest those who love posing for photographs and taking selfies!
When you enter the museum, you will be welcomed by a sculpture of a giant baby, which is making its debut appearance here in Singapore.
Visitors can pose by getting into the cage – does it look like I’m being held captive by a giant baby?
Other exhibits around the hall…
Before I go on further about the artworks on display, let me give you a peek at the ribbon cutting ceremony by the VIPs (dressed in black) from Trick Eye Museum and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
VIPs from Left to Right:
Mr John Hallenbeck, Vice President of Attractions at RWS
Ms Sujin Oh, Curator of Trick Eye Museum
Mr Goh Chye Boon, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations at RWS
Mr Jason Kang, CEO of Trick Eye Museum
Now onto the exhibits…
WORLD OF MASTERPIECES
This is an extract from the Paris Street; Rainy Day oil painting by French artist Gustave Caillebotte.
Based on A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte – 1884) by Georges Seurat, I must say that when I first looked at it, it was very 2D but after I went in and posed for the photo, I could hear people around me gasping cos it was as if the painting suddenly came to life and became 3D!
A slightly twisted version of The Scream by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. Oops, I guess now you know the real reason why he screamed!… :p
Some other fun shots….
More exhibits await behind that open book with Mona Lisa on its cover.
Upon entering and turning to the right, you will need to walk across this illusion of a bottomless pit – well, you can walk around it if you think it looks scary.
The Ames Room just blows your mind away. I still can’t get my head around it and it is indeed a very clever illusion! Ohh…I forgot to mention that if you are uncertain of how to pose for the photos, there are some tips given on the signs placed next to the exhibits.
I got a model to pose with me (this was a preview event so there were models who were available to pose for pictures) as you need at least 2 people to make the illusion work. Notice that the person on the right always appears bigger than the person on the left?
The next few paintings are scenes from beyond my wildest dreams!!…
Escape from the Anglerfish – Help! Save me!….
Oh no! My arms are slipping and I can’t hold on for much longer!…*shrieks*…
Woohoo! Skydiving is fun!!
Captured by a T-Rex! I am so not liking what is going to happen next…
Yippee! How often do you get a chance to ride on the back of a killer whale?
Ohhh…this is one of my favourites! The entire scene looks so realistic with the molten lava and the volcano erupting in the background!
DREAMS OF FAIRY TALE
I have no words to describe this next picture!… LOL…
Synthetic Boots Cat – Aww…the kitty is sooo cute!!
You can also have your picture taken with The Little Match Girl and the Leaf Fairy.
Angel Wings – the latest mode of transportation! Not a bad idea…
LOVE IN WINTER
Fans of Korean drama will probably enjoy posing with this guy. I think the correct way to pose is for him to have his arms wrapped around you and for you to rest your head on his shoulder. Sorry, but I think he’s too young for me!… :p
Someone commented that this looks like a scene out of Harry Potter!
Ever wondered how it would feel to be trapped inside a snow globe?
Yikes! I hope this mammoth’s tusk is strong enough to hold me up…
STAR OF CIRCUS
Human Canonball – I’m all set, bring it on!
More circus acts…
Synchronized swimming – I should get my hubby or some male friends to pose for this photo – it will definitely be hilarious!! :p
Merlion Boat – one of the original artworks created specially for Singapore!
Wow…I can do a one-arm handstand!
Look Mom – I can do the split!
More ballet poses! LOL…
Alas, it was time for me to leave the museum but this guy didn’t want me to go… (don’t worry, I’ll be back to see you soon!)
What did I think of the museum?:
Wow…I had a blast!! It was fun posing with the art pieces but for some of them I really had to analyse the painting before I could figure out how to fit myself into the picture (haha…I was too excited and didn’t check the tips shown on the wall).
A word of advice – if you are planning to go alone or as a couple, it’s best to bring a tripod in case you can’t find anyone to help you to take the pictures. I think it’s best if you go in a group of 3 or more, then at least you can each take turns to help with the photo-taking. Selfies may not work as some of the shots require the photographer to stand further back so that the illusion looks more realistic. It’s a really enjoyable place for an outing with family or friends!!
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Waterfront at Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138.
(Next to Malaysian Food Street and Aston’s)
Daily 10am – 9pm
Kids (age 4-12)/Senior Citizen (age 60 & above) $20/pax
RWS Invites members get 20% rebate on tickets to Trick Eye Museum.
As part of their Grand Opening celebrations, ticket prices will be at 50% off until 22nd June 2014 but you’ll need to purchase the tickets at their on-site ticketing booth in order to enjoy the discount.
Contact No: +65 67952481
Take buses 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145 or 166 and alight at VivoCity.
Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront. Alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point, then enter via The Forum and turn left to take the escalator up to ground level.
Alight at HarbourFront station, take exit E to VivoCity and head to Level 3 to take the Sentosa Express.
By Sentosa Express:
Take the Sentosa Express from VivoCity’s Sentosa station and alight at Waterfront station.
On Foot (from VivoCity):
Head to the Sentosa Boardwalk and it’s about a 15min walk to Resorts World Sentosa.
Park at RWS B1 East Car Park, Blue Zone. Look out for the directional signages to the Waterfront and take the escalator up.