Urban Dream Capsule Closes


Urban Dream Capsule Closes

30 May – 13 June, 24 hours daily, Free


Closing Ceremony & Forum


Date: 13 June 2004 (Sunday) 
Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm 
Venue: Esprit Window,
outside Raffles City Shopping Centre


Sponsored by Raffles City Shopping Centre


Communications Enabler – StarHub


Venue sponsored by Esprit


Supported by Harvey Norman, Jasons Market Place, Robinsons and Toshiba.

Also supported by the Australian Government in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Australia’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN. 


By the time they move out on 13 June, these four Australian performance artists would have received over 100,000 visitors, hundreds of requests for them to take a shower, used over 15 rolls of toilet paper, drunk 72 litres of freshly-squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, received 600 e-mails, learnt Malay and Indian dance, added Singlish (“lah”) to their speech, and even received a marriage request.


The Urban Dream Capsule boys – Neil Thomas, David Wells, Dan Witton and Michael Hurwood – have been drawing laughter and striking up firm friendships with their fans on the other side of the Esprit shop window (Raffles City Shopping Centre, facing the junction of Bras Basah and North Bridge Roads) for over two weeks. The Boys have called their 80 sq m custom-designed Capsule home for 15 days, and also adapted quickly to local food and culture. In addition, they would have received over 550 recorded accounts from the public on the whereabouts of the 28 gnomes they released into the Singaporean “wilderness”over the 15 days.


Meet the Boys one last time without the glass barrier and listen to them share their experience of the first Asian staging of the Urban Dream Capsule at the Singapore Arts Festival 2004.  Witness the poignant moment when the Boys close their dream home. And be part of the welcome team as they rejoin the world outside to the thumping beat of a Malay kompang procession.


When the show closes, Harvey Norman, Robinsons and Toshiba will donate the furnishings, audio visual and home appliances, and office equipment and houseware used in the Capsule to MINDS – The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore.




  • Annex 1 – Closing Ceremony Programme
  • Annex 2 – Reply Slip