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What to expect at arts and sneaker exhibition Sneakertopia

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

The exhibition spans 10 zones with 13 never-before-seen artworks and rare shoe collections.

The 10 colourful and Instagram-worthy zones include (clockwise from top left) The Frugal Pop-Up, The Dream Room, The Art+Sole Gallery and The Playground. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU

After successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, sneaker and street culture exhibition Sneakertopia has made its first Asian stop at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

Titled Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture, the exhibition will run from Feb 25 to Jul 30, featuring 10 zones with 13 never-before-seen artworks and shoe collections.

The exhibition celebrates the diversity of sneaker culture, traces its history and examines its powerful connections with various genres such as entertainment, technology, contemporary art, hip-hop, sports, and fashion, Marina Bay Sands Singapore announced in a press release on Feb 23.

Patrons can expect to see over 100 limited-edition sneakers and 70 murals, installations, designs, and original artworks. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU

Aside from works by 13 renowned artists from the United States including McFlyy, Michael Murphy, and Mimi Yoon, visitors can expect to see works by 17 locals and locally-based creatives and contributors. This is specially curated for the Singapore edition of the exhibition.

From artists like soph O, tobyato and Kristal Melson, to designers like Josiah Chua, Pek Shun Ping and Mr. Sabotage, these creatives were selected for their contributions to the rise of sneaker and street culture in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Award-winning homegrown pop star JJ Lin’s collection of sneakers and artworks are also on display, mimicking the layout of a house in The Backlot zone of the exhibition. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU

Interactive elements in the exhibition include (top) an AI-incorporated mural by creative studio Tell Your Children and (below) a giant skateboard sculpture by founder Steve Harris. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU

Visitors can also make purchases at the concept store that holds a range of unique and exclusive collectables. These include apparel from JJ Lin’s lifestyle label SMG, rare sneakers from local sneaker boutique Limited Edt, and other merchandise.

Merchandise, art toys, collectable t-shirts and stickers featuring artworks by other creatives can also be purchased in the concept store. PHOTO CREDIT: CALEB LAU

Aside from the exhibition, a specially curated film programme will run concurrently at the ArtScience Cinema on Level 4, featuring classics like Space Jam (1998) and Black Panther (2018).

The brainchild of Emmy Award-winning producer Steve Harris and Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Steve Brown, Sneakertopia was created to share their love for sneakers with people of all ages and backgrounds.

“Whether you come in to take photos or read information or admire murals and artworks, it’s not only entertaining but also educational. Everybody will enjoy something about this,” said Steve Harris.

Located at Level 3 of ArtScience Museum, Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture will run 10am to 7pm daily from Feb 25 to Jul 30.

Tickets are available for purchase at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and its website. Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online before their visit.

Singapore resident and standard tickets for adults will range from $18 to $21, concession from $14 to $16, and family from $50 to $58. As for Sands Rewards Members, adult tickets will be sold at $14.70 and concession at $11.20.

Booking details and further information on the accompanying film programme, running from Mar 6 to Jul 30, can be found on its website.

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