An interactive visual narrative through the life of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, LKY: THE EXPERIENCE presents the story of a political leader far beyond his career. Commemorating Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 100th birth anniversary this year, the team behind Lucid Experiences have curated an immersive themed exhibition, spanning across a 17,000 square feet venue.
Housed in more than 20 rooms, the story immerses guests in an exploration of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s childhood through stylised interior scenes. Designed as a passageway between the experiential zones, here you will find sliding bookshelves and vintage ornamented wardrobes built as doors.
One of the following rooms ‘THE DARK YEARS’ was built to chronicle the experiences during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. Within the exhibit, a scene of a damaged house interior has been reconstructed with the use of charred broken furniture, burnt wooden planks and stylised piping, depicting the ravages of war.
Among the most endearing photo-taking attractions is a crafted replica of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s car, set against a nature-inspired backdrop in a ‘BLOSSOMING ROMANCE’ zone. Built with multiple individual pieces seamlessly assembled, the car was built after the original model.
An anamorphic installation was created with suspended pieces of rubber, forming ‘光’ (guāng) – the middle name of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Translated as “light” or “brightness” in Chinese, the installation symbolises the role Mr Lee Kuan Yew had played in the history of Singapore, his contributions and his legacy as a leader who brought progress and positive change to the nation.
Located at Level 2, the ‘STEP INTO THE ARENA’ zone was built with an angled display of a bookshelf, filled with decorative tomes, as some of them appeared to be suspended in the air. The ladder and a spiral staircase in this room were stylised with bronze and green finishing for an antique effect. The two interactive elements included a whack-a-mole station and a typewriter typing game.
“The passageways between the different experiential zones embraced a creative approach, taking a form of mirrored corridors, stylised wardrobes, and rainbow pathways.”
The concluding zones of the Level 2 of the themed experience drew inspiration from the renowned rainbow quote, transforming the space into a highly engaging passageway. Touch and movement-sensitive installations were built within a brightly-coloured canyon and a slide through a rainbow arch which culminated with a flowing curved lightbox.
”For the young, let me tell you the sky has turned brighter. There's a glorious rainbow that beckons those with the spirit of adventure. And there are rich findings at the end of the rainbow. To the young and to the not-so-old, I say, look at that horizon, follow that rainbow, go ride it.Mr Lee Kuan Yew