Shiver me timbers! I’m not too sure why they named this exhibition the 2 Degree Ice Art Exhibition, considering the fact that temperatures are maintained at a freezing -15°C. If you’re like me and you’ve never been in subzero temperatures before, you might want to give this exhibition a visit. Just a word of caution: do wear jeans and covered shoes as it will get really cold.
The exhibition is on for a limited time only for a period of 6 months, from 20 November last year till 15 May 2014. It’s situated opposite Marina Bay Sands, and right outside Bayfront MRT exit A.
We got our tickets from Deal.com.sg for $32 each, and it includes a welcome drink at the Ice Bar and two entries to the exhibition (each ticket allows you to enter the hall twice). It does not include jacket rentals ($5 per person) or ice mugs at the Ice Bar ($5 per person again).
There are usually deals on Groupon or Deal.sg, but these are sold out really quickly, so make sure you buy fast if you do see a 2 Degree deal.
ICE ART EXHIBITION
The whole exhibition is kept cool by German refridgeration technology, and that’s what it looked and felt like – a giant freezer. The entrance is a heavy metal door that looks like a freezer room door. But once you pass through those doors you will enter into a subzero environment, with a short trail lined with ice sculptures created by artists from Harbin, China.
It starts off with some sculptures of Singapore icons, such as Sir Stamford Raffles and the Merlion. The trail curls around to reveal more delicately sculpted works, featuring iconic landmarks from around the world. The atmospheric lighting really accentuates the ice art!
Me, you, and the Merlion.
A closer look…
The Eiffel Tower!
Rudolph and the reindeers, plus Santa at the end of the reins.
Yup, you even have some dinos.
There are also little plaques fitted onto the sculptures with descriptions of each landmark sculpture.
I have to say that it was really interesting experiencing minus temperatures for the first time (even if it was in a giant fridge…) and it was really fun to snap photos, see your breath forming in the cold air, and feeling your fingers go numb from the cold. I also managed to go down the ice slide!
Apparently you can try snow tubing too – ride a rubber float down the column in the centre. But we weren’t sure how to work this, plus there weren’t any staff around so we missed out on that. Seems fun though.
On the flip side, I do have my gripes about the experience. You can walk through the whole attraction within 15 minutes. And that’s being generous.
According to the website, you can also experience snowfall from its snow simulator machines, but we totally missed out on that for some reason. There are supposedly dedicated times for the snowfall – 11.30am, 4.30pm and 7.30pm – and while we were there around 4.30pm we didn’t see any snow at all. We did see some on the ground near the slide, but that’s about it.
And if you look at the pictures closely, the ceilings and walls aren’t very pleasing to the eye – it sort of looks like we’re walking through an ice warehouse. It could have been covered up somehow to really get the atmosphere going, but it wasn’t. In my humble opinion, it all felt really sloppy. In short, I don’t think it’s worth what we paid for at all.
What redeemed it all a little bit was the Ice Bar. Once you exit the exhibition, turn right and go around the corner. The entrance to the Ice Bar is situated a few steps away. There are two parts to the Ice Bar – a regular bar open to all visitors, and the cold -15°C bar separated from but next to the regular bar.
Happy us heading into the Ice Bar! Once again we were back in freezing temperatures and had our ice mug filled with not-so-cold root beer. The tables and chairs were all made of ice, so that was very interesting. It got pretty slippery though and I almost fell off the chair at one point while trying to take a picture.
The ice mug was huge!
The target wall.
Once you’re done with your drink, you can head to the target area and shoot your mugs into the ice wall. That was pretty interesting, but also a pretty clever marketing gimmick to get people to buy the ice mugs. Check out our aim in the video below.
Overall it was an interesting experience, especially if you’ve never been in such cold temperatures before. However the duration spent at the exhibition does not justify the price at all, maybe $15 would have been more reasonable. If you find a deal at $15, snap it up and live it up at -15°C for… 15 minutes.