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Friday Night (a week ago): As the golden sun set and the pale moon rose, the girls and I took a stroll to the Singapore National Museum to soak in the nocturnal extravaganza of the Night Festival 2009.

The National Museum opened its doors to the public with outdoor film screenings showcasing local talent, including P Ramlee (Curse of the Oily Man), Glen Goei (Forever Fever) and Royston Tan (881). In and around the museum were also art installations glowing with pride in the night.

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The Beginning by Sun Yu-Li
Stainless steel tube with LED linear light
Approx. H 2.1m x W 2.1m x L 5.8m

The Beginning is a stainless steel sculpture with LED lights; the spiral form of which resembles a massive DNA model glowing in the night. Sun Yu-li adopts the approach ‘sculpture as a place’, in which the work incites the viewer to move or explore within its space.

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The Tree by FARM (Singapore)
Steel, Timber, LED light tubes, Microphones
Approx. H 7m x D 10m

A contemporary reinterpretation of the huge Banyan Tree in front of museum, The Tree is a reconstruction of a series of interlocking frames with lights that pulsate gently in the night. Hanging microphones simulating that of aerial roots will also detect environmental sounds and alter the lighting nature of The Tree – glowing intensely and dimming down with the rising and falling sound levels.

Just like in the past, as it is now, this installation will inspire people to slow down, take a breather and simply bask and partake in this recreation of nature’s wonder. It was quite a sight seeing young children climbing around the structure as if it was a real tree!

On the opposite lawn of SMU green, a series of multicultural performances and street art were on stage. They were so cultural, they were literally boring...

Everyone was practically at the festival to catch the fiery display of pyrotechnics and acrobatics by a German arts troupe Pan.Optikum, entitled “Loop of Fortune".

The story tells of a man's trials and tribulations in the circle of life.

Quite unfortunately, due to the physical distance the act had to go through (from the back of SMU green to the large scale finale in front of the National Museum), everyone probably only caught 1/2 the performance. There was no way to move, once you got into a spot.

Where I stood on the left of the stage was exactly where the fireworks shot up for the grand finale. I lifted my my head and above was a blast of fiery explosion of light. It was honestly magical. But I wouldn't even want to imagine an explosion go wrong.

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