They have been billed as Asia’s latest unmissable tourist attractions, and these pictures prove they can be seen from miles around.
Man-made ‘Supertrees’ as tall as skyscrapers are lighting up the night sky over Singapore. The towering structures, stretching 50 metres into the sky, have giant steel and concrete trunks and thousands of thick wire rods for branches. They form part of the Gardens By The Bay project, a massive £350million development in the city’s Marina Bay area. Fitted with solar panels, hanging gardens and rainwater catches, the trees will be used to display plants from across the globe. A vast green space is also to be created in the area under plans to make Singapore the ‘botanical capital of the world’.
Once completed, the park will house a cluster of green conservatories and will also become home to the Singapore Garden Festival. Visitors will be able to take in a panoramic view of the gardens via an aerial walkway, dubbed the OCBC Skyway. The walkway, which links the artificial trees, is suspended 22 metres above the ground – about seven storeys high. Other grand plans include a dramatic ‘light and sound’ show, which is due to be held on the site every night from July 2. City leaders want to create a continuous ring of greenery, with three gardens wrapping around the Marina Bay area. They want tourists to be able to enjoy the outdoors as well as the city’s famous bustling urban centre.