Creative distractions

Two restaurants – Greenhouse and Summer Pavilion – in the east wing of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore are undergoing renovations from now until late August, but unless you are a regular at the hotel, you would barely notice it.

The luxury property has put up a wall to shield guests from works being done to the east wing, and in front of that now sits a pop-up French-styled café and an area where five featured artists will paint ‘live’. Four distinct themes have been commissioned to allude to each transformation phase of the restaurants.

The project reflects the hotel’s love for the arts. Did you know it houses more than 4,000 art pieces and offers free self-guided podcast art tours? Well, now you do!

Deconstruction, which ran from March 30 to April 11, featured a 3D painting of Greenhouse being prepped for renovations. It was followed by Curiosity, led by Ernest Zacharevic who hand-painted the famous murals around Penang’s George Town.

Local Chinese brush painting extraordinaire, Monica Chua Ah-Huwa, kicked off The Metamorphic Journey in May, and from June 15-21 you can catch Milica Bravacic-Milla work on a Peranakan themed art installation. The Metamorphic Journey will end with a Colonial themed art piece undertaken by Nanyang Girls’ High School students and Ly Yeow.

The finale in August, The Reveal, will see Karl Kerridge sketch ‘live’ a realistic representation of the interior of the transformed restaurant.

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