VivoCity Art & Design Programme - Unites Professional and Student Design Excellence
             
18/08/2005



VivoCity - soon to be Singapore's largest and most iconic retail and lifestyle destination - has announced a programme to bring together some of the world's most talented professional artists and student designers. The VivoCity Art & Design Programme will produce a number of works of art for permanent public display, to be unveiled at the Grand Opening of VivoCity in the fourth quarter of 2006.

11 August 2005, Singapore - VivoCity - soon to be Singapore's largest and most iconic retail and lifestyle destination - has announced a programme to bring together some of the world's most talented professional artists and student designers. The VivoCity Art & Design Programme will produce a number of works of art for permanent public display, to be unveiled at the Grand Opening of VivoCity in the fourth quarter of 2006. 
The VivoCity Art & Design Programme is organised by developer, Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd and world-renowned architect for VivoCity, Mr Toyo Ito.

"The striking, fluid design of VivoCity will make it an iconic landmark for Singaporeans and visitors," says Susan Sim, Senior Vice President, Marketing, at Mapletree. "But more than just an interesting structure, the constantly evolving retail, entertainment and leisure activities at VivoCity will make it a vibrant piece of living art, situated at one of Singapore's most spectacular locations. The VivoCity Art & Design Programme will bring the creations of some of the world's leading artists to Singapore on a permanent basis, and give students the unique opportunity to have their work showcased alongside these international artists."

The VivoCity Art & Design Programme will comprise two categories - the VivoCity International Art Collection which will consist of a curated collection of commissioned pieces by high-profile international artists, and the VivoCity Student Design Contest, open to all local and international design students. It is anticipated that the programme will attract a diverse range of outdoor monumental art, art furniture and multi-media design pieces.

The VivoCity Student Design Contest Working in partnership with DesignSingapore Council, the VivoCity Student Design Contest will be open to both local and international design students. Not only will the top student designers take away cash prizes for themselves and their schools, they will also benefit from a mentorship with architect Toyo Ito in Japan and have the opportunity to have his/her work put on display at VivoCity, alongside those of leading professional designers.

"Developing Singapore into a hub for design excellence is one of our key long-term objectives," says Dr Milton Tan, Director of DesignSingapore Council. "On top of the showcase of international designers, the VivoCity Student Design Contest is a highly original platform to develop Singapore design. The rare opportunity to work with Toyo Ito, coupled with the chance to have your design produced and publicly displayed should be most appealing to all design students in Singapore."

Student Design Contest Theme 
The theme of the VivoCity Student Design Contest is "Fluidity". This can be interpreted in any way, however, the design must be weather-proof, as it will be exhibited outdoors and must allow for interactivity. Interactivity can take the form of functionality (i.e. it can be sat on, climbed on), or even in the form of connection (i.e. it can respond to the viewer in some manner).

Initial submissions can be in the form of photographic prints taken of a model or sketches or computer generated renderings of the design by 30 September 2005. From there, the selection panel would shortlist the 20 best submissions, which will be funded for development into scale prototypes and displayed at the inaugural Singapore International Design Festival, hosted by DesignSingapore in November 2005. Judges will further shortlist the entries to four finalists, comprising at least two from Singapore and the remaining being overseas students. These finalists will be flown to Japan for mentorship with Mr Ito to refine their designs. Upon re-submission, the judges will categorise the final entries in gold, silver, bronze and merit prize-winners. Should an entry meet the criteria to win a gold prize, the piece will be produced and displayed at VivoCity, alongside the VivoCity International Art Collection.

In addition to the valuable exposure and mentorship with one of the world's pre-eminent designers, there will be prize money for the individual students and their schools. Gold prize winner will receive S$ 10,000 and another S$ 10,000 for the school; the silver prize winner will receive S$ 5,000 and S$ 5,000 for the school; and the bronze prize winner will receive S$ 3,000 and a further S$ 3,000 to the school.

Full details of the VivoCity Student Design Contest are available at www.vivocity.com.sg

VivoCity Student Design Contest - Fact Sheet
Entry Forms:Entry Forms available through design faculties or downloaded from www.vivocity.com.sg
Submissions:Photographic prints (minimum 4R size) of a model, sketch or diagram to be sent with completed Entry Form by 30 September 2005.
Maximum Height:5 metres
Maximum Width:3 metres
Maximum Weight:5 kn/m2

Terms and Conditions:

Participant needs to be a current student upon submission of entry

Participant must be able to produce the art piece/furniture or have contacts of such production sources

Participant must be able to travel to Japan for the mentorship programme should participant be selected as a finalist. Date and time of travel to be decided by the organiser

Participant must adhere to all requirements of the competition that may include assistance in the production of prototype, appearances at the exhibition and other promotional event related to the competition and others to be stipulated by organiser

The organiser reserves the right not to award a prize in every category, should the final entry not meet the judges' criteria

The organiser reserves the right to disqualify or reject any entry

The organiser's decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained Timeline

Timeline
11 August 2005Launch of VivoCity Design Program
30 September 2005Closing date for initial submissions
7 October 2005Announcement of shortlist of 20 students
9-23 November 2005Selection of 4 finalists at the Design Festival
January 2006Mentorship with Toyo Ito in Tokyo
28 February 2006Final submissions from 4 finalists
15 March 2006Announcement of winners

About Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
With over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 350 retailers, large event space, including a 1000-seat amphitheatre and a 350m harbour front boardwalk, VivoCity is set to become Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination when it opens to the public in the fourth quarter of 2006. Designed by world-renowned architect, Toyo Ito, VivoCity will be the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront, which also includes Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and the St James Power Station.

About Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Mapletree, the developer of VivoCity, is a leading real estate company with an asset base of approximately S.6 billion, comprising office, retail/lifestyle logistics/industrial, and high-tech industrial properties. 

It is committed to shaping new ways to deliver value to its stakeholders from multiple real estate investments and services. With its significant expertise, diverse skill sets and intimate knowledge of the property industry in Singapore and Asia, Mapletree is well-positioned to be an ideal strategic real estate partner in providing innovative real estate solutions and investment products. 

Mapletree is focused on delivering quality real estate-related services, while at the same time, developing its capital management business in Singapore and the region. It continually seeks new avenues to deliver optimal returns on investments in real estate, providing a source of shared value for its business partners and stakeholders.

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