One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.
– Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince In The Dark Exhibition Highlights
The Little Prince In The Dark Exhibition is held at Alliance Francaise Singapore. Once you enter through the main entrance, you will be greeted by stars and planets hanging down from the ceiling!
A sculpture of The Little Prince is waiting to welcome you in the foyer!
The exhibition is held on LEVEL 2, so take the lift up to the exhibition hall.
At the far end of the exhibition hall, you would find the main sculptures of The Little Prince and the fox.
Here, you can listen to a narration of The Little Prince while admiring and touching the sculptures! Totally itchy-handed toddler friendly!
The whole narration was two-hours long. There was a sofa for you to sit down to listen if you plan to stay for the whole narration.
You would also find some pop-up illustrations from the book, together with the text in braille. One of the key highlights of this exhibit was to engage the visually impaired and introduce them to the world of The Little Prince through audio and touch.
At the main exhibit area, you would find sculptures VERY SIMILAR to the ones at Fullerton Hotel. (Click here to read about the exhibit at Fullerton Hotel.) Except that the ones here were all white.
Unlike the exhibit at The Fullerton Hotel where the sculptures were behind barricades, the ones here could be touched! MY was happily spinning the box (the one that was supposed to contain the sheep) round and round.
Above each sculpture was the audio guide that detected heat and motion. A narration would begin if it senses someone is there.
Also on display was an innovative limited-edition tactile art book faithfully reproducing the drawings in two-dimensional relief with text in Braille in French and English.
So if you are looking for a unique and engaging way to introduce your kids to The Little Prince, hop down to this exhibit at Alliance Francaise Singapore. Admission is FREE!
Tip on Maximizing Your Visit
There is no parking at Alliance Francaise Singapore. You would need to park at Balmoral Plaza and walk over.
Alternatively, take the MRT to Newton station and walk over.
#2 Bringing a Stroller
There is a flight of stairs leading to the main entrance of Alliance Francaise Singapore. If you have a stroller, find the security guard to open a side door for you to push your stroller in via a ramp.
#3 Be patient with the audio guide
It takes about 10 seconds for the audio guide to detect a person’s presence. So stand below it and wait patiently for around 10 seconds until the narration *finally* begins.
#4 Feel free to touch the sculptures.
You are highly encouraged to touch the sculptures. But they did say to be gentle, so watch the kids!
#5 Your kid may run out of patience
I felt the exhibit was more suitable for older children who have the patience to stand around to listen to the narrations. My two year-old’s patience did not last long and I barely got to listen to any of the narrations, which was a real pity. There was a cafe right outside the exhibit, so maybe the adults could take turns to visit the exhibit while one of them entertained the kids with some food outside?
#6 Be prepared to spend time here
If you plan to listen to the narrations, you should be prepared to spend quite a bit of time at the exhibit.
#7 Follow the sequence
If you want to listen to the narration in sequence, start with the sculpture of the box and go anti-clockwise direction.
#8 Ask the Assistant
If you have any questions, feel free to approach the friendly assistant!
A Vision Of Hope Art Exhibition
While you are at Alliance Francaise Singapore, do check out the art gallery along the corridor. The paintings are done by Kai Xu who was born with Sturge Weber Syndrome. Here is the full background behind the exhibit:
Information on The Little Prince In The Dark Exhibit:
Venue: Alliance Francaise Singapore (1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore 258130)
Getting There: Alliance Francaise Singapore is a 5 min walk from Newton MRT (NS21).
Dates: 6 May – 20 June 2015
Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Sat: 11:00AM – 5PM | Closed on Sun
Official Website: Voilah! 2015
Other Related Event:
THE LITTLE PRINCE ART COLLECTION EXHIBITION AT THE FULLERTON HOTEL
(MAY 4TH – 31ST)
[disclaim]This post is part of my 3-part The Little Prince Adventure in Singapore:
> Part 1: The Little Prince Art Collection Exhibition @ Fullerton Hotel
> Part 2: The Little Prince In The Dark Exhibition @ Alliance Francaise
> Part 3: The Little Prince Creamery @ Toa Payoh[/disclaim]