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After a sumptuous Samurai Beef Burger Set Meal at MCD Liang Court (my original plan was to have lunch settled at the food court but was told "no more" by staff there), I crossed the road via an overhead bridge to the Fort Canning side; and as expected saw the construction for the station and no chibi National Theatre.
I first caught sight of the facade of the National Theatre at the junction of Clemenceau Ave.
The installation address is at Tank Road. In reality, it is located on the grass patch between Tank Road and Clemenceau Ave. You can see the latter and slope of Fort Canning Hill in this photo. Guess address was picked for the convenience of drivers.
Lai Chee Kien's National Theatre@50 commissioned for Singapore Biennale 2013 explained.
Side view of the installation. The original National Theatre was opposite the road at the foot of Fort Canning Hill. Judging by the people visible in photo, I might be the only Singaporean within 40m of the installation.
Interesting to see how the mini National Theatre is only the five elongated diamond shaped facade, propped up by three cantilevers? anchored on huge concrete blocks. Another view here.
Mini National Theatre dwarfed by Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay.
Two things strike me about this installation. Designed by local architect Alfred Wong and completed in 1963, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre ... if it was not demolished. According to ST, Prof Lai "had spent much of the last year thinking of ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic and now defunct National Theatre of Singapore" and the Singapore Biennale 2013 with the theme "if the world changed" provided the opportunity. The second is somewhat of a personal curiosity unrelated to the National Theatre. Prof Lai, who came up with this idea of a half-scale model of the facade, was born in 1965, the year independence was gained from expulsion from Malaysia. Wouldn't this make him as old as Singapore?