Mandala Wildlife Art Exhibition @ Orchard Gateway
Mandala Fine Art Gallery, a newly-launched visual arts collaborative in Singapore, has launched its first large-scale exhibition — displayed November 7–15, 2015 at Orchard Gateway — on the world’s wildlife populations.
I had the privilege to visit and tour the exhibits during the media launch where 18 of the 36 involving artists were present at the reception and press conference to introduce their works
Virtual Mandala Wildlife Photo-tour by Tiffany Yong & Friends
As there more than 200 art exhibits in the form of sketches, paintings, photography and sculptures ALL around Orchard Gateway, let me (together with Yuki Ng, Shaun and CK Chai) take you on a brief virtual preview tour so that you know where to find (and appreciate) EVERY single exhibits by the talented artists in Orchard Gateway.
The art pieces were carefully curated by Mandala art consultants and this 10 day exhibition will give everyone of us the opportunity to view and experience the wildlife-focused art, see how the artists capture the beauty and vastness of wildlife through their art pieces and be aspire to play a part to safeguard these endangered animals.
Level 3: The Tube Viewing Gallery ->
You can either start viewing from basement 2 of Orchard Gateway OR from the level 3 -the tube viewing gallery (the bridge which leads to Orchard Gateway @ Emerald. One of Shaun’s favourite artwork is “Lion” by Fernando G.Herrera (SGD$5800) which uses ballpoint pen and oil on panel.
Level 2: Unit 02-05->
After the walking through the tube, take the escalator down to level 2 of Orchard Gateway, #02-05, where you will enter into a room filled with beautiful and impressive paintings + sculptures. The layout might defer slightly as many of the paintings were not up when we did the preview. This attempt to involve the public is also happening in Thixendale, England. Yorkshire wildlife artist and former Woldgate School pupil Robert Fuller is having his art exhibition on Saturday (7 November 2015) in hope to inspire and educate the public.
There were several paintings such as “The White Tiger” which were very majestic at the first glance. However, on a closer look, you will see the plight of the creatures in crisis.
Basement 1: Lobby B->
Moving down to basement 1, just beside the Lift Lobby B and Exit D from Somerset MRT Station, there’s a quiet corner featuring more art works. Unknown to many, due to changes in climate, manmade and natural disasters, deforestation, demand for food and other causes, the world’s populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by a staggering 52% in the last forty years according to livingplanetindex.org. Unknown or Immune? I’m not sure, but the facts are right in front of us.
Basement 2: Orchard Gateway @ Underground Fashion Street <-
At basement 2, along the underground fashion street, there’s a long stretch of exhibition in the middle of the passageway leading to Orchard Gateway @ Emerald.
This colourful “street” is a place with a few of 3D-illusion art pieces on the floor as well as funky wallpapers on two sides. You can either start from the exhibits next to Watsons, where Joseph Anthony’s photo of the giraffe “Standing Tall” (SGD$1080) is.
Along the stretch, there will be photographs of the endangered animals such as the African Elephants, the rhino, tigers and lions… Ending just before Orchard Gateway @ Emerald, try to count how many species you have seen on the artwork and share with me your favourite exhibit! A friend asked me why was I so enthusiastic and passionate about this Mandala Wildlife exhibition. I guess it was because of my involvement with NUS People Ending Animal Cruelty and Exploitation (PEACE) and NUS Students Against Violation of Earth (SAVE). The knowledge and awareness will any human want to protect these inspiring wildlife.
Our Wildlife Needs A Christmas Too!
It will soon be Christmas. Besides giving to your friends and family around you, why not embrace the seasonal spirit of giving to do what you can to help nature?
On 15 November, an art auction dinner will be held at IndoChine Saint MA at Suntec Sky Garden. The target is to raise $100,000 for WWF Singapore and WildAid Shark Savers, from both the art auction (30%) and total public art sale (3%). So do support the artist and their efforts by visiting the Mandala Wildlife Exhibition at Orchard Gateway this week if you can! Besides that, if you wish to gift back to the wildlife conservation efforts, you can also check out other gift catalogue on WWF website! Event: A 10-day public exhibition featuring 36 wildlife artists from around the world, 18 participating artists in person and over 200 artworks.
Date: November 6, 2015 – November 15, 2015
Location: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
Basement 2 Underground Fashion Street
Basement 1 Lobby B (Near Lift Lobby B and Somerset MRT Station Exit D)
Level 2 Unit 02-05
Level 3 The Tube Viewing Gallery
Facebook Page: Mandala Wildlife Arts
ABOUT: WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. To learn more about World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Singapore, check out their website and Facebook Page!
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