Photo credit: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay showcases Mexican culture and icons in its latest floral display

Titled Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots, the display features symbols of Mexican culture such as an 18m-long double-headed serpent.

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Published: 19 August 2022, 7:11 PM

Gardens by the Bay’s latest themed floral display features emblems of Mexican culture and folk art.

Titled Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots, the display will run from Aug 20 till Sep 25. 

Held at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, the floral display was developed in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Singapore and is also supported by Bloomberg. 

It highlights lesser known aspects of Mexican culture through icons of Mesoamerican civilisations or indigenous cultures of the region before the arrival of the Spanish. 

Icons on display include an 18m long double-headed serpent made out of 3,000 tillandsias, and a 4.5m-tall reproduction of the iconic Chichén Itzá pyramid of the Mayans. 


The double-headed serpent (left) is a symbol of the Aztecs, a Mesoamerican culture that flourished in central Mexico while the Chichén Itzá pyramid (right) represents the culture of the Mayans. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Other icons on showcase include a colossal sized Olmec head, that represents great rulers of Mexico’s first major civilisation and giants of the Temple of the Morning Star, who are said to be warriors of the Toltec civilisation, a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican culture. 

The display also spotlights Mexican folk art, such as the seven seed mosaic art medallions, where seeds, beans and pulses are used to create images, and a festive floral arch that greets visitors at the Flower Dome entrance, measuring 8m across and 5m in height. 


The medallions on display are handmade by the Mexican community in Singapore while the floral arch is handcrafted by Mr Mario Arturo Aguilar Gutierrez, a third-generation master of this traditional artform. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


The Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots floral display will run from Aug 20 to Sep 25, from 9am to 9pm daily. It is located at the Flower Dome attraction at Gardens by the Bay.

Admission into the Flower Dome for Singaporeans are $12 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased here.  

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