The reason for this is that the Merlion is currently being transformed into a temporary hotel room, as one of the key commissioned art pieces for the Singapore Biennale, Southeast Asia’s leading contemporary art exhibition, which is being held in Singapore from 13th March to 15th May.
This one-of-a-kind installation piece is the brainchild of Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, who attempts to make the encounter between an art object and its viewer a different, often surprising experience. By shifting our proximity to the sculpture, Nishi stages an uncanny encounter by bringing us eye to eye with a landmark that usually towers above us in the intimacy of a hotel room.
This quirky hotel suite will be unveiled on 11th March and will be open for public viewing during the day from 13th March to 15th May. Members of the public can book a one-night stay between 4th April and 5th May for two adults for just $150 nett. The luxurious hotel suite is fully furnished with a double-bed, bathroom, amenities, personalised room check-in, dedicated Merlion Hotel Butler as well as breakfast at The Fullerton Hotel. The Fullerton Hotel is providing a dedicated hospitality team to complete the luxury hotel stay experience.
To make a reservation, call The Merlion Hotel at +65 6332 9870
Admission is FREE.
Photos: Tatzu Nishi, The Merlion Hotel (artist’s concept drawing), 2011, construction-installation, © the artist