Since Tim and I moved to Jakarta, sometime between our first visit to Singapore and our second trip together, Singapore sprouted a grove of Supertrees... these intriguing clusters of massive metal trees are visible from the highway on the way from airport, so Martha and I decided to check them out.
The Supertrees are part of the massive, beautiful and highly engineered Gardens by the Bay complex adjacent to the equally massive Marina Bay Sands hotel/casino/mall with a river running through it. Martha and I took the MRT (love public transportation!) to Marina Bay, walked through the Marina Bay Sands and took the footbridge over to the gardens:
Here's Martha in front of the Supertrees:
It was a cloudy day, but the Supertrees were still a sight to see... 12 stories high, metal branches, trunks covered in bromeliads and orchids:
We took an elevator up one of the Supertrees to reach the elevated walkway that connects several of the trees. It's Singapore, so there were, of course, many rules to follow:
The view from the top was pretty cool- the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest buildings (more on those coming soon) in one direction and Singapore's massive harbor and shipping industry on the other:
The trees themselves are pretty neat... they have photovoltaic cells on them to harness solar energy for powering the gardens, they collect rainwater for irrigation and provide shade and cooling. Pretty interesting!
Anywho... checking out the Supertrees is totally worth it if you're ever in Singapore for a day or two. Good stuff- an engineering/architectural marvel, fo sho.