Raising the Titanic in Singapore

January 12, 2012 by

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Singapore's ArtScience Museum with its lotus flower-inspired design. Photo courtesy of William Cho via Flickr.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a special exhibit is currently running at the ultra-modern ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, designed by Haifa-born architect, Moshe Safdie.

Featuring nearly 300 artifacts, some of which have never been publicly displayed, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a fitting counterpoint to the gargantuan architectural ambition of the city-state, which has risen as impressively as the great ship famously descended to the floor of the North Atlantic in April of 1912. The exhibit was planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

As is well known, the ship, thought to be unsinkable, embarked upon its maiden voyage with more than 2,200 passengers, a mere 700 of which would survive the voyage after the vessel struck a massive iceberg in frigid, isolated waters.

The exhibit, which occupies more than 26,000 square feet, is spread over nine galleries. It’s designed to take visitors through the chronology of the genesis of the idea for the ship, its construction, its launch, conditions aboard the ship during its brief life, the catastrophe of its sinking, and the technical miracle of the discovery and exploration of its wreckage.

There is video of the recovery expedition’s many setbacks and eventual triumph, as well as a memorial gallery dedicated to the memory of those lost in the tragedy. There is an interactive “Iceberg Gallery” oriented for children, and accompanying archival images of what daily life was like in Singapore in the early 20th century. The exhibition is scheduled to run through April 2012.

- John Reality

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