Those who love art and photography must plan a visit to IG-famous 29Rooms sensory funhouse in Singapore. It finishes on April 16 after debuting at a pop-up space in Gardens By The Bay in February. And, we went to the immersive art playground, loved by celebrities such as Lizzo and RuPaul, to see what all the fuss is about.
Expect a wide range of sensory experiences mixing art, culture and fun for its theme of Lost & Found. Visitors are greeted by a dark, forest-themed space, with thought-provoking questions scattered across the walls such as What Are You Manifesting For Your Future?, before reaching a larger, colourful exhibition space.
What to look out for
The main installation is situated in the centre of the exhibition room. It features six different colourful rooms, showcasing how Singaporeans run in circles daily, and how life is on repeat from Monday to Friday, morning to night. From sitting on public transport going to work to hopping in a pink bathtub…these rooms are just as thought-provoking as they are instagrammable.
Another installation you can’t miss is the a cosy, huge white bed in a circle dome. Visitors can be seen climbing onto the bed to rest and pose under an array of rotating sheep. There’s not much time to rest though, since there’s likely a queue of people waiting to get their picture-perfect moment. Nevertheless, it makes a killer photo op.
3. Monkey Shoulder
Follow an unsuspecting graffiti-designed tunnel to be greeted by the ultimate party room. It features a comical barman, ready to pour you the best cocktails in the gardens, inside a quirky red room with furniture tossed around. Win yourself a free cocktail by jumping inside a thrilling glass wind chamber, and catching a bunch of flying tickets.
4. Billie Eilish Room
Visitors are transported on a journey of the senses in an interactive, gold-themed space dedicated to Grammy, award-winning American superstar, Billie Eilish. Smell Eilish’s perfume, while you wander through wall-to-wall projections of stars, which incorporate her voice. Plus, there’s a hidden ig-worthy singing booth, offering a 360-degree, slow-motion selfie video of guests.
5. Paradise Found
We were seriously impressed by the Paradise Found installation. It boasts two creative bathrooms, decked out in stylish artworks from the toilet paper, to one lego-like toilet, that perfectly blends with a black and white tiled floor.
There’s also a mesmerising Huetopia Room, which was closed the day we went. But you can admire 360-degree projections from day to night at its doorway. Additionally, you can step inside eight-year-old Dora’s Diary, and flip through the pages of her life.
Visitors can also take part in quirky workshops such as making postcards to send worldwide and customising 29Rooms souvenirs, designing a t-shirt in the Flag Your Goals room, inspired by public housing blocks in Singapore, as well as admire collaborations between local artists, to name a few.
Created by Vice and Refinery29, 29Rooms has hosted unique events across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, Canada and more. Certainly, an excellent place for snapping instagrammable moments.
The award-winning 29Rooms will end on April 16, 2023, after a 10-week event in Singapore. Tickets begin at $20. Children under 6 go free. Grab yours here.
📍 West Lawn, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953