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Connect with Japan from Singapore through Dandelions at Gardens by the Bay from Nov 9

The real-time exhibit between Japan and Singapore allows visitors to send dandelion puffs to bloom a virtual flower overseas from Nov 9 to Nov 15.

Sarah Chan
Sarah Chan

Likes museum trips and is sometimes artsy. Can be found in pattern prints.


Published: 9 November 2020, 4:21 PM

While it is not possible to visit Japan yet, you can connect with people there through Dandelions, a collaboration between Gardens by the Bay and Tokyo-based creative company NAKED from Nov 9 to Nov 15 at the Supertree Grove.

Set against the backdrop of the Supertrees, the 2m-tall dandelion structure is an interactive installation that allows visitors in Singapore and Japan to interact via dandelion fluffs.

Visitors are invited to scan a QR code on their mobile devices to “blow” the dandelion fluffs. The showcase will project the puffs travelling virtually and blooming as peonies at the same Dandelion installation held simultaneously in Japan.

Similarly, sakura will bloom in Singapore when someone sends dandelion fluffs from the installation at Tokyo Tower and Shibuya’s Miyashita Park in Japan.

 

Upon scanning the QR code, visitors can point their phones towards a sensor to trigger the projection of the dandelion fluffs being blown away, an action akin to making a wish. PHOTO CREDIT: NAKED, INC.

 

The installation aims to connect people amidst the pandemic, when international borders are closed and travel restrictions are still largely in place.

NAKED’s founder, artist Ryotaro Muramatsu, said: “The feeling we have when we see a beautiful flower is universal, and so are our wishes for the world to become a better place… Through this art, we hope to spread this spirit and connect with our friends in Singapore and in the rest of the world through prayers for peace, kindness, and positivity.”

Dandelion is part of Mr Muramatsu’s Breath / Bless project and the collaboration is the first time that his work is connecting across borders in real time.

The installation is the latest in a series of collaborations between Gardens by the Bay and other  international partners. Gardens by the Bay had previously collaborated with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Seoul Tourism Organisation for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September.

Dandelions will open from 7pm to 10pm between Nov 9 to Nov 15 and admission is free. Visitor limitations are in place and a maximum of five people are allowed into the installation at any one time.

For more information about the installation, visit Gardens by the Bay and Breath / Bless project.

 


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