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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay: Where wonder blooms

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    The Flower Dome is dramatically lit at night. In the foreground is an eagle crafted in China from polished and varnished lychee tree roots. It recalls the fish eagles that often soar over the Flower Dome on sunny afternoons.

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    The waterfall in the Cloud Forest is more than 98 feet tall. The viewing platform is around 59 feet above the ground level.

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    This is the sixth year that Gardens by the Bay is featuring a Tulipmania Floral Display. It will be on view through May 13.

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    Titled “Planet,” this sculpture weighs seven tons and is nearly 10 feet high and 29.5 feet long. Created from stainless steel and bronze painted white, it is an oversized reproduction of British artist Marc Quinn’s son, Lucas, as a baby. The entire weight of the sculpture is balanced on the right hand, giving it the appearance of floating in the air.

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    Rising up to 16 stories high, these 18 “vertical gardens” look like props on the set of a sci-fi flick, at once strange and wonderful. The moniker “Supertrees” is even more apropos when you consider that 11 of the trees have environmentally sustainable features.

Singapore is half the size of Oahu but has four times the population — some 5.5 million people. Although its skyline is a parade of highrises, the concrete is balanced with an abundance of greenery and flora, creating a “city in a garden.” Read more

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