Gardens by the Bay exhibits the largest cluster of tigers in Singapore as part of WWF-Singapore’s AR-mazing Tiger Trail
Among the tiger sculptures displayed at the Gardens’ iconic spots like Supertree Grove is one decorated by legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood
This tiger sculpture at Supertree Grove, decorated by cult Thai illustrator Phannapast “Yoon” Taychamaythakool, is one of eight tigers exhibited at Gardens by the Bay as part of WWF-Singapore’s AR-mazing Tiger Trail.
Gardens by the Bay is hosting the largest number of life-sized tiger sculptures in Singapore as part of WWF-Singapore’s AR-mazing Tiger Trail, which raises awareness of tiger conservation and other key environmental issues facing the planet today.
WWF-Singapore’s AR-mazing Tiger Trail features 33 tigers exhibited across key locations in Singapore. Each tiger has been decorated by a renowned local or international artist, presenting various perspectives on how climate change, poaching and deforestation are affecting tigers in the wild. At Gardens by the Bay, the eight tiger sculptures can be found in a trail that spans the area outside Flower Dome, to Supertree Grove, to near The Meadow. The exhibition is ongoing until April 9 and is free.
Through these sculptures, visitors can experience perspectives by the likes of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, local interdisciplinary artist Kumari Nahappan, cult Thai illustrator Phannapast “Yoon” Taychamaythakool, and British visual artist Jake Chapman of the Chapman Brothers fame.
A shared focus on biodiversity and conservation
As Gardens by the Bay marks its 10th anniversary this year, it aims to further its efforts in raising public awareness on biodiversity and sustainability by introducing more programmes and activities with a strong environmental thrust. One such example is partnering WWF-Singapore for its AR-mazing Tiger Trail.
Over the years, despite being built on reclaimed land, Gardens by the Bay has become home to a rich diversity of wildlife. These include the familiar smooth-coated otter, the locally endangered lesser whistling duck, and over 130 species of native and migratory birds. The cooled conservatories and outdoor gardens also house over a million plants, some of which are of global conservation significance.
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Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “As Gardens by the Bay turns 10 this year, we are renewing our commitment to being a champion for sustainability. We will continue working with like-minded partners, for example the Tiger Trail initiative by WWF-Singapore to educate the public on biodiversity and climate change. For the rest of this year, the community can look forward to a series of exciting and engaging sustainability-themed activities at Gardens by the Bay.”
The exclusive Tiger Trail Passport at Gardens by the Bay
As part of a community engagement experience that is only available at Gardens by the Bay, the public can pick up a free Tiger Trail Passport from the event information signboards located at the Gardens’ Main Entrance and Canopy to embark on a mini-adventure trail around the Supertree Grove. They can learn fun facts about the Gardens while searching for the tigers, and collect unique emboss stamp designs from each tiger sculpture.
In addition, they can enjoy discounts at any participating merchant in the Gardens upon presentation of the Tiger Trail Passport. There will also be the exclusive sale of responsibly sourced Tiger Trail Merchandise at the Gardens’ Conservatory Gift Shop, and part of the proceeds will go to WWF-Singapore’s tiger conservation efforts in Southeast Asia.
Across Singapore, visitors can participate in Augmented Reality (AR) activities and complete three different missions based on biodiversity, sustainability and climate change at different locations, including Gardens by the Bay. Visitors can check-in at the tiger sculptures and be rewarded for completing the missions. For more information, visit here.
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The Eight Tiger Sculptures at Gardens by the Bay
Location of the tiger sculptures at the WWF-Singapore AR-mazing Tiger Trail at Gardens by the Bay, which begins outside Flower Dome, continues through Supertree Grove, and ends near the Meadow.
1. Ian Davenport (UK)
Ian has taken inspiration from his main signature works of controlled dynamic pouring of paint, mimicking tiger stripes. But his stripes are rendered in bright, colourful, dynamic colours to emphasise its majestic unique beauty, contrasted against the black areas of absence and loss.
2. Ronnie Wood (UK)
He is meant to bluntly and directly remind the world of the imminent demise of the tiger. Hoping to bring stark awareness to people of the critical situation facing us regarding the fragility of their preservation.
3. Kumari Nahappan (Singapore)
“XingXing” is painted in celebration of 2022 stars. This nocturnal animal brings in light in darkness with its arrival, creating awareness with its presence.
4. Phannapast “Yoon” Taychamaythakool (Thailand)
I believe in connections and relationships between humans and nature. I think they will always affect each other. I believe the Butterfly Effect explains this kind of relationship well. I always think about this idea in a romanticized way. However, it’s different for wild animals. For example, tigers, their ways of life are affected by human behavior – directly and indirectly. You see the result of the Butterfly Effect very quickly these days – how climate change altered the life of humans and other animals. And I want to talk about what is happening now through my work. We all can help. By working together, we can move the butterfly’s wing and change its course in a better direction.
The butterflies here represent the souls. They are seen among flowers and stars – all inside the shadow of a tiger. I want this tiger to represent all the living species on earth – that’s why I choose to paint this tiger as a shadow. It’s the symbol of nature and everything it is connected to. To me, this relationship feels like a lullaby from the universe, the lullaby that connects every being. It also welcomes us to the never-ending cycle of the universe.
5. Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch (Thailand)
The sculpture is being displayed in the form of an old antique found in a museum.
Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch has applied the ceramic patterns of Chinese Porcelain that once belonged to Augustus the Strong to a tiger sculpture. Augustus II traded his highly reputed Dragoon soldiers for 151 porcelain pieces to gain recognition and status as a powerful and sophisticated king. This story has fascinated the artist and regularly become a source of his aesthetic inspiration.
In old Siam, wildlife trades were common, and their value made them a part of the tribute trading in many places is illegal, but tigers continue to be hunted for financial gain and other benefits. Eventually, if we continue like this, tigers might disappear, only remaining as a memory and a part of history.
6. Dave White (UK)
Dave’s aim was to create movement and realistic quality to the work, whilst highlighting the scarcity and precious existence of these magnificent species.
7. Jake Chapman (UK)
My extinction is just a precursor for your extinction
How do we address the false altruistic sentiments of those who oppose the extinction of ‘exotic’ specimens, whilst prolonging exploitation in other forms of human activity? Is the extinction of one class of animals worse than the domestic overbreeding of other animals for mass consumption? “My extinction is just a precursor for your extinction” aims to remind us of this paradox.
8. Zhang Huan (China)
The core of my art comes from the Tibetan culture of Kangrinboqe. The skull elements are the symbol of the patron gods in Tibetan culture. To me, they are spirits, representing every life entity and life cell from the universe. The tiger is densely covered with brightly colored skulls in order to convey the natural law of coexistence between us and the tiger, human and nature.
The Tiger Trail Passport at Gardens by the Bay
As part of a community engagement experience that is only available at Gardens by the Bay, the public can pick up a free Tiger Trail Passport from the event information signboards located at the Gardens’ Main Entrance and Canopy to embark on a mini adventure trail around the Supertree Grove. They can learn fun facts about the Gardens while searching for the tigers, and collect unique emboss stamp designs from each tiger sculpture. In addition, they can also enjoy discounts at the following participating merchants in the Gardens upon presentation of the Tiger Trail Passport.
|Arrival Gift Shop
Conservatory Gift Shop
|50% discount on Gardens by the Bay Tetra Pak Pure Drinking Water 500ml|
|Café Aster||10% off total bill|
|Majestic Bay||15% off total a la carte menu only (does not include buffet or set menu)
|Satay by the Bay||10% discount on canned drinks|
|The Social Kitchen||5% off total bill|
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