Supertrees Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious[1]

Previously codenamed AR3, this Supertree housed a flue for the Biomass Co-Gen system exhaust.  Only the edge of this tree was specially perforated to allow for better ventilation and air flow around this chimney to comply to standards imposed by the various agencies.

Feature Image: Previously codenamed AR3, this Supertree housed a flue for the Biomass Co-Gen system exhaust. Only the edge of this tree was specially perforated to allow for better ventilation and air flow around this chimney to comply to standards imposed by the various agencies.

Supertrees Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
By Lee Teng Kwee

“Atoning for Educability through Delicate Beauty” – The Atonement

When National Geographic first published a photograph of the Supertrees online in June 2011[2], some netizens were enraged that the Supertrees were taking up land when the real trees should have been spared.  These comments had reason, but only to a certain extent, if one had only considered the face value of these Supertrees themselves.  Beyond just being Supertrees that can never compare to real trees, they are ‘clothes’ which chimneys in the Bay South gardens are wearing, where chimneys are necessary for the Biomass Co-Gen systems as points of exhaust; they are an integral part of a system that keeps the humidity levels within the Flower Dome low, in order to simulate a Mediterranean climate; they support PV cells high up, so that these solar cells harness as much unobstructed rays of sunlight as possible; and psychologically, they provide the chance of an imagination for the human spirit.  I am sure most would agree that the Supertrees are better than the average chimney in Tuas, and that seems to be so, as they are now arguably one of the most photographed attractions in Singapore, and the gardens had since received a million visitors within 2 months of opening[3].

Lifting of the flue into Supertree AR3

What about the real trees? (As one may ask again.) The Gardens represent a commitment and vision of an urban garden in the heart of the Singapore Central district.  A total of 101ha is being earmarked as a green and recreational space on land that had been reclaimed from the sea.  The gardens should not be compared to the nature reserves, as it would be irrational to reclaim land for the purpose of a reserve.  And yet, the people in charge had struck a balance such that the reclaimed land is not used solely for the creation of a new concrete jungle, but a place where city living meets vast green spaces.  Having said so, observers need to be patient for the real trees to grow out or grow larger in these dedicated spaces, which could otherwise have merely been shaded sidewalks in a new grid network of new buildings, which would aggravate the urban heat island effect.  Furthermore, the trees that grew in the former Marina South Park did not grow in vain.  To save time waiting for new life to grow and to mature, both the client and the consultants had been meticulous to ensure that trees which had been growing are either conserved, retained, or transplanted in the most cost-effective manner.
 
Conserved trees around the site of the Supertree Grove, were a hindrance to machinery and equipment, but when there’s a will, there’s a way.
 
 

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all will be mended,

That you have but slumber’d here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend:

if you pardon, we will mend [4]

It will be nice if “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” or “Mary Poppins” were to be staged at the Supertree Grove one day.♦

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[1] By the interpretation of root words, it means “atoning for educability through delicate beauty.” Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for more information.  There are also numerous other definitions of the term which this link shows: http://www.definition-of.com/supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

[2] For the article by NatGeo: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/pictures/110630-best-pictures-we-love-june-2011/

[3] http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/1-million-visitors-gardens-the-bay-june-20120819

[4] Extracted from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and adapted to context. 

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