Singapore Garden Festival 2012

Nature and mankind are often at odds. Achieving balance between the two has been the aim of architects, designers and planners the world over for hundreds of years.

In Singapore, the responsibility for maintaining this balance falls, in part, on the National Parks Board (NParks). Tasked to develop and enhance Singapore’s greenery and to create a city that is nestled in an environment of trees, flowers, parks and richbio-diversity, NParks manages over 300 parks and four nature reserves, and maintains the roadside greenery which forms the backbone of Singapore’s vision to be a  ‘City in a Garden’. Their aim is to enhance the quality of life for Singaporeans by creating parks and green spaces to provide citizens with memorable recreational experiences whilst continuing to promote responsible conservation and public awareness of Singapore’s natural heritage.

To showcase Singapore’s passion for greenery and to reinforce Singapore’s vibrant global Garden City brand to the rest of the world, the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) organise by NParks brings together award-winning international garden and floral designers to exhibit their creations alongside local experts.

In 2012, this highly anticipated biennial event took place over 21,000 sq. m of the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Pico was responsible for all aspects of the technical work relating to planning, organization and execution of the nine-day festival. In terms of design, the theme of the main floor was a fantasy garden called the ‘Garden of Tales’, inspired by the love children around the world have for fairy tales. To realistically bring this fantasy to life, the sourcing and fabrication stages of the project required a great deal of detailed work. The display itself was a challenge to create, and was made even more complex by the planting and landscaping elements which needed to be weaved onto the structure to ensure that the focus was firmly on the floral display.

In terms of design, the theme of the main floor was a fantasy garden called the ‘Garden of Tales’, inspired by the love children around the world have for fairy tales. To realistically bring this fantasy to life, the sourcing and fabrication stages of the project required a great deal of detailed work. The display itself was a challenge to create, and was made even more complex by the planting and landscaping elements which needed to be weaved onto the structure to ensure that the focus was firmly on the floral display.

The result was an exquisite garden experience with a fairytale castle-themed display, including 5 metre tall topiary arches, animal-shaped topiary sculptures, pixies and ‘frog soldiers’ peeking out from colorful flowering plants and a simulated castle wall decorated with beautiful climbing plants.Pico’s design for the show centrepiece was ‘Around the World’, which used large display cutouts spotlighting line drawings of iconic landmarks from around the world. Three different plots featuring iconic landmarks, like the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Mount Rushmore in the USA and India’s Taj Mahal were placed strategically among beautiful floral displays.

The décor at the Award Gala Dinner was also a challenge for the design team. Fifty trout plants, each weighing forty kg had to be hung from truss systems in a five hour timeframe. This required great precision and close co-ordination and communication with landscape artists to ensure the desired look and feel of the displays were achieved all under safe installation methods within the short turnaround time.

Harmony is best achieved through subtle and unobtrusive methods. Through thousands of understated gestures, the 2012 Singapore Garden Festival brought mankind and nature together and taught both sides’ new ways to redefine and strengthen their relationship.



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Singapore Garden Festival 2012
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Singapore
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Exhibitions  |  Education  |  Tourism