Walking around Singapore feels like the opening of a utopian Hollywood film set in a futuristic metropolis; I have not found a place so awe-inspiring for a long time. The Gardens by the Bay continued the futuristic appearance with a sprinkling of magic and wonder.
I have created some green walls and seen them used in many different ways in London but here they cover a central monolith as if an abandoned high-rise has been reclaimed by nature.
The sculptures at this garden seem dwarfed by their surroundings but they are stand alone works of art in their own right. Fabulous oriental lions and dragons carved into huge ancient trees emerge from the undergrowth or proudly guard the entrances from evil sprits. An intricate depiction of the world takes an unimposing position in the garden but has such detail and evocative representation of water, earth and sky that in any other place it would take pride of place.
You leave the dome through an educational centre displaying disturbing and thought provoking facts about our own destruction of the planet and it’s plants. As the above sculpture alludes to; the world is on our hands.