In a scene that could quite easily pass for the legendary, unmarred landscape that Tolkien may have had in mind, the ‘Supertrees’ of Singapore’s “Gardens by the Bay” rise magnificently up to 50 metres above the ground.
The ‘trees include built-in, environmentally sustainable, features such as photovoltaic cells that serve to harvest solar energy. The ‘trees outer trunk are covered with planting panels that comprise over 160,000 plants of more than 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. At night, the ‘trees ’come alive’ with a spectacular light and music extravaganza.
In a tiny City-state where natural forest and woodland areas are increasingly under threat, the Supertrees, for some, represents a somewhat expensive, rather ironic, tilt at promoting environmental sustainability and responsibility.
However, natural they may not be, but they do, at least, share a created, crafted and purposeful origin, akin the world that Tolkien had envisioned and understood.