A new park in Singapore doesn’t just have plants, it also features 18 crazy tree-shaped vertical gardens that glow at night.Singapore’s stunning supertrees represent a prime example of the benefits that sustainable practice can bring to an area
One of the largest horticultural attractions in the world, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, opened to the public on Friday, June 29, offering a unique fusion of nature and technology. The man-made mechanical forest, five years in the making, consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the trees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that provide lighting and assist with water flow in the conservatories below. These trees serve several purposes: they act as a vertical tropical garden, as the engine room for the environmental systems of the conservatory, and as rainwater receptacles. They will also be lit up at night, and some will connect by walkways to provide an aerial view of the garden. In addition, a collection of four heritage gardens “explores the rich cultural significance of different plant species, including their symbolism, religious significance, trade, food, and medicinal uses.” And those are just a few of the highlights. The artificial trees are just a tiny part of a larger botanical oasis with lakes and plants, where concerts and events can be held. Surrounding these cultural green spaces in the rest of the 103-acre Bay South park are sprawling areas complete with lakes and bridges.