The magical mushroom tour continues... this time to the Supertree Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Yes, that really was my first impression of these amazing, greenery-clad concrete and steel towers that resemble giant trees. Fueled by the sun and the park's own bio waste, they light up in the night and function as air-conditioning system for the two large greenhouses in the park. There is so much ambition and technology in just this one part of the huge park that it almost takes my breath away. (And don't ask me how they function; if you need to know, check it out here.)
As you can see in my photos, the scale of this installation is huge. There is nothing timid or tentative about these tree-resembling vertical gardens that reach up to 50 meters height. A suspended skywalk, a slightly terrifying experience for a acrophobic person like me, connects the trees and gives a great overview of the gardens below. Magnificently bold as they are, these solar-powered trees (but then, what trees are not?) give a somewhat other-worldly feeling to the park, like artifacts from another planet where greenery has to be produced, not grown... and to add to this artificial experience, they "emit" a colorful light-show in the evenings. But this is probably only my low-key Scandinavian mind speaking - in a couple of years, when the surrounding real trees and greenery have developed, the Supertrees will blend in more softly and add great sculptural structure to the garden.