While Jeff stayed home on Saturday afternoon to make beer, I went to the official opening of the Singapore Biennale 2011 Open House with notabilia. The event was held at the Old Kallang Airport. The airport has been closed to the public for decades now, and they recently opened it up for the Biennale. Did you know Old Airport Road is actually the old runway?
Despite all the art on display, the good live music, and the constant flow of red wine and greasy finger foods, the belle of the ball was the airport herself (Amelia Earhart once flew through here). We wandered off from the crowd to explore the abandoned buildings and hangars and to brainstorm all the possible ways Singapore could preserve this historic structure without turning it into another mall. Like other old buildings I've explored in Singapore, I couldn't help but feel a sense of hopelessness as I walked around. Development moves like quicksand on this island; who knows how long these buildings will remain?
Another thing that made the night really special was being handed sparklers and prayer lanterns by a group of art students creating their own art installation. It was spontaneous and made us feel truly welcomed at this event.
I can't guarantee your trip to the airport for the Singapore Biennale 2011 will be as magical as ours was, but I think you should check it out anyway and see all the art for yourself. The event runs until May 15, 2011 at various venues around Singapore.