The 'hotel', a 100 sq m luxury room built around the Merlion, is an art installation by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi.
Some info about this Japanese artist:
- He was born 1960, nagoya, japan; he lives and works in berlin and tokyo,.
- He uses scale and distance in his installations to propose fresh perspectives on what might be taken for granted or otherwise seem ordinary. his best-known projects have involved the building of rooms around public monuments or architectural elements.
- The result is two-fold: on one hand, an 'instant sculpture' appears in a private space, and on the other, that same piece disappears
- From the public sphere. within the room, this dramatic shift from public to private creates an encounter with the sculpture that is both fascinating and uncanny; there is egalitarianism in nishi's desire to expose art to all.
- tatzu nishi works under a variety of names as part of each project, including tatsuro nishino, tatzu oozu and tatsurou bashi. (credit: http://www.designboom.com/)
Hey, these people were not advertising for M1 service provider. Haha.... The orange umbrellas were provided by the staff so that the people will not melt under the scorching sun. Hubby and I joined in the queue too in order to get into the Merlion Hotel. We queued for around 15 minutes, not too bad actually.