The iconic "Bedroom in Arles" painting by 19th century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh was brought to life yesterday at Singapore Expo Hall 6 at the start of an art exhibition-cum-furniture show.
The creative team of the event's organiser, Fullhouse Communications, constructed a three-dimension replica of the work, which shows the room at the "Yellow House" in the southern French city where Van Gogh had stayed just before he was admitted to a lunatic asylum where he died two years later in 1890, aged 37.
Van Gogh had painted three similar paintings between 1888 and 1889 which shows the importance of the bedroom to him.
Fullhouse's creative director, Mr Ong Soon Nyuk, 56, said he mooted the idea of the replica to draw attention to the art exhibition featuring 27 works by six Singapore artists held in conjunction with My Home, the furniture and furnishing show.
The artists include Cultural Medallion recipients Tan Kian Por, Lee Hock Moh and Tan Choh Tee as well as Lee Choon Kee, Keoh Sia Yong and Ang Hiong Chiok.
IN THE MASTER'S FOOTSTEPS
It is copying the master's work in 3D which I have never done before.
MR NAY TUNKYAW, Fullhouse's graphic designer, on recreating the bedroom
"The idea actually came from the Art Institute of Chicago which had earlier this year done a similar replica in collaboration with Airbnb, the accommodation provider, to attract attention to its exhibition of Van Gogh's works in the US," added Mr Ong.
Mr Ong got a furniture maker in Indonesia to custom-make the bed and bedside table and hired watercolourist Lee Choon Kee, 72, to provide the artistic direction for the 3m by 5m 3D reconstruction of the masterpiece, all within a week.
Fullhouse's graphic and Web designer, Mr Nay Tunkyaw, 40, who did the painting of the walls, windows and floor in the colours and post-Impressionist style that Van Gogh was famous for, said: "It is copying the master's work in 3D which I have never done before!"
Yesterday, many visitors to the fair were seen snapping photographs and posing with the 3D replica.