Gardens by the Bay is home to more than 200 sculptures from around the world. Featuring unique pieces, intriguing crafts and stone works, these sculptures complement the beauty of the plant displays and add a new dimension to the landscape.
This kūwaha is a bespoke Māori carving and represents a symbolic doorway - a threshold celebrating cultures, beliefs and identities. This sculpture represents and reaffirms the special relationship between Singapore and New Zealand.
Comprising four intricate carvings made of tōtara wood from the Pureora Forest in the central North Island, this unique piece is crafted from a tree that is estimated to be over 2,500 years old, which fell naturally in the forest during a severe storm.
The name of the kūwaha is ‘Tāne Te Waiora’, which translates to ‘Tāne, the giver of life’. The personified form of sunlight, Tāne is represented in this sculpture by the two figures carved on the left and right of the whakawae (upright supports), depicting Haumietiketike (atua or spiritual guardian of uncultivated crops) and Rongomātāne (atua or spiritual guardian of agriculture and cultured crops).
The reciprocity between Singapore and New Zealand, as well as the former’s history as a long-standing trading post, are represented in the pare (lintel) connecting the whakawae, which features two tauihu (the prow of a waka or sea vessel).
At the centre of the pare is a wheku (a carving of a face) depicting Hina, the personification of the moon. Hina reinforces the importance of light in Māori culture, which symbolically denotes awakening and enlightenment.
Carved by: Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) James Rickard and Mātanga Whakairo (Specialist Carver) Tommy Herbert, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute
Supported by Fonterra, Tourism New Zealand and Zespri
Material: Tōtara wood
First exhibited in 1986, as part of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre in Paris, the Persians series is a celebration of form, scale, and colour. Originally presented on pedestals, the series’ dramatic compositions have evolved to include installations mounted on walls, overhead on ceilings, and assembled in the form of chandeliers and towers. For Chihuly, Persians evoke an ancient sensibility and conjure notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East. “Ethereal White Persians” will seem to hover gracefully over the water atop the Cloud Forest Mountain when it is installed on April 2.
Artwork: Dale Chihuly
Gifted by Tanoto Foundation
Material: Blown glass and steel
Lee Kuang-Yu pays homage to Rodin’s masterpiece, “Thinker” in his signature work with the same title that conveys the beauty of Eastern culture. In Lee’s reinterpretation of this classic work of Western sculptural history, he approaches this from calligraphy, which embodies the essence of traditional Chinese culture. Instead of realistically portraying the subject with volume, Lee used calligraphic lines to delineate a person immersed in contemplation and outline this image in three-dimensional space.
Sculpted by: Mr Lee Kuang-Yu
Gifted by Taipei Representative Office in Singapore and Taipei Business Association in Singapore
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Cleverly crafted from the polished and varnished Lychee roots, this commanding eagle is supported by a plain Lychee tree stump. The eagle has a reputation as a fierce hunter in the sky and its name also resembles the Chinese word for “hero”.
Material: Stained, polished Lychee (Litchi sinensis) wood
Wonderfully captured by contemporary Australian artist Will Wilson, a bronze cast of an oversized snail stands among the beds of multi-coloured of begonias growing in the shady and humid Secret Garden. Nearby, several limestone snails by Wang Rong Hai (王荣海) from Xiamen, dot the landscape and provide company for the giant bronze snail.
Sculptor: Will Wilson
Gifted by Tan Jiew Hoe
Outside Flower Dome entrance
Climbing all over our “peek-a-boo” trees made from the hollow trunks of Bishop Wood (Bischofia javanica), these curious ants seem to be hard at work and are a favourite with our young visitors. The pieces were designed and sited by renowned local artist, Eng Siak Loy. Those larger-than-life wildlife sculptures are amongst the many which are dotted around the Gardens, to stimulate our curiosity and help us reconnect our urbanized lifestyle with nature.
Sculptor: Eng Siak Loy
Material: Stainless Steel
‘La Famille de voyageurs’ (A travelling family) depicts a family visiting Gardens by the Bay before heading home. As they depart Singapore, they take with them beautiful memories and leave a part of themselves behind. Inspired by the universal theme of travel, French sculptor Bruno Catalano’s eye-catching works, with their dashed bodies and the deliberate lack of volume, invite the viewer to mentally reconstruct the possibility of the human potential.
Sculptor: Bruno Catalano
Gifted by Changi Airport Group
Depicting a girl in a polka dot dress with vivid colours, 'Kei-Chan' transports the viewer to a safe world of innocence and positive thinking, while the persistent repetition of polka dots reveals an ironic self-abnegation - a way to criticise our values, our world, and even our existence, 'Kei-Chan' claims our attention and shows us the limits between real and imaginary in the most intense way. This sculpture, made in 2011, is a perfect example of Kusama's creative identity that has remained as aggressive, eccentric and brave as it was at the very beginnings of her amazing artistic career.
Sculptor: Yayoi Kusama
Gifted by Ms Lee Tuan
Material: Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, Metal & Urethane Paint
An art piece by Cultural Medallion recipient Ms Han Sai Por, this collection of 12 stainless steel sculptures symbolises the state of perpetual bloom of flowers at Gardens by the Bay. Standing elegantly over water, at heights between 1.5m and 3m tall, the highly polished stainless steel of each piece reflects the soothing colours of the sky and the verdant surroundings of Serene Garden, where it stands. The changing colours of nature, are in turn, a reflection of life and vibrancy. Among the blooms are two dragonflies that portray the harmony of flora and fauna found in the Gardens. Beyond the dragonfly being the logo of Gardens by the Bay, dragonflies are indicators of clean water in a healthy ecosystem, signifying the sustainable foundations of the Gardens.
The sculpture was gifted by Mr Tan Aik Hock to Gardens by the Bay on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.
Sculptor: Ms Han Sai Por
Material: Stainless Steel
SG 50 Lattice
The magnificent Sumatran Tiger sculpture spans 10m long and 7m tall and is made entirely from trash collected all over Singapore.
Created for Trash-Sure, a campaign that uses art to narrate sustainability, the sculpture calls attention to the mounting waste that pollutes our planet because of our excessive and inconsiderate consumption. Every year, we discard over 2 billion tons of trash, resulting in more harmful carbon emissions being trapped in our atmosphere and contributing to worsening global warming.
Trash-Sure hopes to raise awareness of the scarcity of Earth's precious resources and why we should reduce, reuse and recycle to sustain our fragile planet and keep it habitable for future generations.
In portraying a Sumatran tiger for this campaign, Trash-Sure is also bringing to the fore the plight of this critically endangered species. Relentless deforestation and rampant poaching are pushing it into extinction.
Trash-Sure is a work of wonder by Portuguese artivist Bordalo II, a world-renowned artist for repurposing trash into spectacular art pieces. He has more than 240 art works in over 20 countries.
To find out more, please visit trash-sure.com
Premiered on 1st August 2022, Trash-Sure is made possible by the following:
Presenting Partner: UBS
Enterprise Partner: Ho Bee Land
Venue Partner: Gardens by the Bay
Inclusion Partner: Enabling Village
Community Partner: Extra•Ordinary People
Sustainability Partner: World Wild Fund
Recycling Partner: Greenway Environment
Education Partner: Temasek Polytechnic
Anamorphic Media Partner:Ten Square
Hospitality Partner: Pan Pacific Hotels Group
In support of: SG Green Plan and World Cities Summit
Held in: SG Passion Made Possible
Brought to you by: Ad Planet Group and Ace Daytons Communications
Near The Meadow
A hefty seven tons, this impressive bronze sculpture is 9m long and 3m tall. It portrays an oversized reproduction of the artist’s own son, Lucas, as a baby. The sculpture’s weight is masterfully balanced on the infant’s right hand, creating the illusion that the sculpture is floating in the air. Created in 2008, the sculpture was exhibited for the first time at the Beyond Limits exhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House, then later at the 2012 The Littoral Zone, at the Musee Oceanographic in Monaco.
Sculptor: Marc Quinn
Gifted by Mr & Mrs Masagung
Material: Painted bronze and steel
Standing at 3.8m, Moongate features an upright bronze ring with a uniquely textured inner surface modelled after abstract shapes that draw inspiration from the phenomena of our constantly changing natural world, such as shifting sands, tongues of flames, and the changing form of clouds. Conceived as a portal that explores ideas of journeying and arriving, the ring suggests continuity, connectedness and a sense of community that is central to what it means to be Singaporean. In this way, Moongate invites viewers to imagine fresh narratives as we author the next chapter of Singaporean history together.
The sculpture is situated in a lush landscaped garden with variety of flowering plants and trees on one side, and open vistas of the Marina waterfront on the other.
Sculptor: Chong Fah Cheong (for SG50 time capsule)
Influenced by historical masterpieces, Valdés creates large works in which the lighting and colours express a sensation of tactility. His work is striking and decorated with historical art symbols. Manolo’s iconic sculptures are exhibited outdoors in the parks and gardens of major cities such as the New York Botanical Gardens, Hofgarten, Dusseldorf and Chatsworth House.
Sculptor: Manolo Valdés
Material: Molten Bronze and Iron Plinth
Opposite Planet sculpture
Fiore is particularly captivating with an extensive headdress composed with flora and fauna that are reminiscent of Henri Matisse’s still-lifes. Valdés’s works are highly inspired by nature. The composition of flora and fauna, the naturally occurring rust-coloured patina of the steel, resonates with the artist’s relationship to nature and culture.
Sculptor: Manolo Valdés
Material: Molten Iron
Beside The Canopy
This seven-metre-wide Floral Clock draws inspiration from the signature characteristics of Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak collection and fuses traditional and contemporary landscaping elements in its design. Featuring tropical plants with coloured foliage and flowers, its plant palette will be refreshed regularly for the public to enjoy.
Gifted by Audemars Piguet in celebration of Singapore's 50th anniversary (in 2015)
Material: Stainless Steel
Sited at the Arrival Square of the Gardens, this strong bronze cast bull sculpture by renowned American sculptor Walter Matia (b. 1953) displays a vigour that aptly depicts Singapore’s bullish economy. The artist’s passion about natural history serves as an inspiration to his impressive pieces. In his own words, he uses his visual experience to represent nature, rather than documenting it, by “selecting shapes and organising the masses, lines and negative spaces into sculpture”
Sculptor: Walter Matia
Gifted by Bank of America
A landmark feature within the tranquil Dragonfly Lake, these magnificent giant dragonflies sculptures with casts of children riding on their backs, measure 5m by 6m. The laser-cut meshed pattern used on the wings of the dragonflies encases colourful art glass, which gives an overall fascinating abstract effect. The eyes of the dragonflies, blue in one sculpture, red in the other, are made of mouth-blown glass flecked with gold. A touch of human warmth amongst our grandiose garden, the sculpture of the child riders is an ode to the joys of childhood.
Sculptor: Dr Elsie Yu
Material: Stainless steel, art glass
Comprising two kingfisher sculptures in a perching stance and one in a flight position, the Trio of Kingfishers is given pride of place at the Kingfisher Lake, one of the more tranquil and relaxing spots in the Gardens. These large, impressive kingfisher sculptures are not only location markers but a sight to behold as their metallic feathers catch the changing light on the lake surface. The sightings of nine species of kingfishers have been recorded in Singapore. Some of them, such as the White-throated Kingfisher and the Collared Kingfisher are a familiar and welcome sight at the Gardens.
Sculptor: Eng Siak Loy
Material: Stainless steel
Heritage Gardens (Chinese Garden)
You will encounter a modern piece of sculpture as you depart the Chinese garden and walk towards the Malay Garden. Named Diaspora, or li xiang (离乡), which means “to leave one’s native place”, this two-piece sculpture pays homage to early Chinese immigrants who had journeyed to Singapore in search of a better life. The first piece with a hollow centre, shaped in front of a pond which represents the ocean, while the second cut-out human figure is placed nearer the Malay Garden.
Material: Springstone Marble
The two pairs of guardian lions placed to welcome visitors at both ends of the Supertree Grove are a prime example of traditional Chinese sculpture. Chinese guardian lions are always presented in pairs, with the male on the right, with its right paw playing with a ball that represents “power” and the female on the left, with a cub under her left paw, which symbolizes the cycle of life. According to the Taoist philosophy, the paired lions are also a representation of yin (female) and yang (male), which are the two contrasting and fundamental elements of the “Way”. While the male lion guards the entrance, the female lion protects the interior of the dwelling.
Sculptor: Wang Rong Hai
Material: Pale, fine grained granite
Active Family is an integrated programme that focuses on fundamental movement skills development and promotes bonding between parent and child (4 to 12 years old) through a variety of physical activities, as well as physical and health education.
10.00am - 11.00am