The Little Prince Art Collection and The Little Prince In the Dark Exhibition were part of the Christmas festivities over at Pacific Place, but concluded earlier than I’d realized on New Year’s Day. I’m just glad I had the chance to see them (twice) because I’d miss it earlier in the summer when they were shown in Singapore!
I know The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is a children’s story and all, but I’d only read it a while back when I visited The Little Prince Creamery in Toa Payoh, Singapore. How fitting, right? (And their waffles with gelato are absolutely divine.) I didn’t love the book, it feels like another of those children’s stories that has a lot of undertones that children wouldn’t understand, but the characters and illustrations were very interesting to me. And what better way to have a Little Prince art exhibition than to have them based exactly off of the original illustrations? With quotes on the side, oh yes!
The Little Prince Art Collection contains 13 sculptures of the various characters from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, created by Arnaud Nazare-Aga and associated Artheline PAJ’Art Studio. I love how Nazare-Aga stayed true to the original illustrations with practically the same pencil markings on the sculptures and all.
If you please, draw me a sheep!
Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.
All grown-ups were children first. But few of them remember it.
To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other.
And the stars obey you?
One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform. Accepted authority rests first of all on reason.
For, to conceited men, all other men are admirers. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.
The conceited man / vain man is definitely not going to be a favorite character, but it’s my favorite sculpture! This one really looks as if it were pencil-drawn and the yellow comes out very nicely.
For at least his work has some meaning… And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful.
The lamplighter sculpture even came with alternating lit up stars at the side!
Next up was The Little Prince In The Dark exhibition stretching across two tunnel which featured both the same sculptures and a few other ones but as glow-in-the-dark versions instead! Cue blue, glow-y photos.
This glow-in-the-dark exhibition was an initiative to help make these well-loved characters come alive for the visually impaired, to be able to touch and feel how these characters were illustrated in the book, while narration of certain sections of the book concerning each character was played around each glow-y sculpture. You could also turn these seemingly floating sculptures round for fun!
And since The Little Prince was also a part of the Christmas festivities, here’s a few belated Christmas shots! ;)
Winter Wonderland by London design duo miriamandtom, LED lighting feature installation
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