Aptly named, the Garden City, Singapore has redefined the concept of nature and culture with an elegant and breath-taking collection of suspended bridges and nature mazes.
Singapore’s Telok Blangah Hill Park is an amazing park structure consisting of different landscape types connected through a fly-over-like infrastructure. Within the context of the Weak Signals, Wild Cards exhibition, curated by art gallery De Appel in Amsterdam, a little green book with images of the park has been published.
Telok Blangah is not only breathtaking and has the right kind of attitude when it comes to respecting nature. The layout chose to preserve the natural landscape and build around it, respecting the natural habitats of wildlife. The web-like paths consist of open structures which allow light and air to pass through. Some of the most awe-inspiring connection points are the undulating Henderson Waves (Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge) and Alexandra Arch, which sparkles every night with a dazzling colour-changing LED lightshow.
Another amazing feature of this leafy treetop paradise is the fact that we come face to face with some of the rich wildlife that lives there such as squirrels, sunbirds, doves, lizards and white-crested laughing thrushes. In fact, researchers frequent the nearby HSBC Treetop Walk to study the rain forest canopy which, if not for the unique aerial structures, would not be an easy place to access at all.
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