Singapore is a thriving metropolitan city commonly known as the “Gateway between the East and West.” Since the 1990s, the government has been devoted to promoting the Arts and Culture, and also a Green way of life. As a result, The Garden by the Bay, a 250-acre park that houses the amazing Supertrees project, was constructed on the waterfront next to the Marina Reservoir.
The giant solar-powered Supertrees finally opened up to the public this past June, 2012. There are 18 in total, and the really cool thing about them is that they actually generate electricity with solar photovoltaic systems. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also come fully equipped with vertical garden space, air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collection bins for rain water.
And while they look pretty cool during the daytime, at night, they are spectacular!
Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore, said the project would “showcase what we can do to bring the world of plants to all Singaporeans,” adding that the gardens would become “the pride of Singapore.” I must say that I agree with him. This is the kind of attraction that brings tourists to a city, and the “skywalks” that connect the trees from 150-feet in the air allow visitors the opportunity to see the Supertrees up close and personal.
If you make a trip to Singapore, make sure to stop by the park at night for the light-show. Hopefully more cities will enact these kind of “green” energy projects in the future because they are amazing.