In Darmstadt, Germany, I spotted a house that seemed like the perfect place for Dr. Seuss to live in. The asymmetrical apartment building seemed like a Seuss painting come to life.
In Singapore, I found the park to match the house, with Dr. Seuss-ish trees taking center stage.
This is Gardens by the Bay, and the spectacle before you are Supertrees. A whole forest of them, if you will.
The Supertrees are designed to harvest solar energy and replicate the structure of a tree. They stand 25- to 50-metres high and are formed with concrete reinforced trunks, plant panels that host more than 200 species of plants, and a canopy. Twelve of the Supertrees stand together forming Supertree Grove. Another six Supertrees are spread out among the garden paths, but I spent almost all my time in this area. It was magical, serene, and yet energizing. Such a nice space away from the hectic pace of the city, though the skyscrapers and Marina Bay Hotel were still in view.
I walked along the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway with a height of 22-metres that connects two Supertrees at the Supertree Grove. It was here that I spied something so unusual that I had to go explore once I descended the Skyway.
A gigantic floating baby?
It was even weirder from the ground and seemed so out of place in the environmental gardens. I read the plaque and was amazed to learn that it weighs 7 tons! I walked around and studied it from all angles, but it never made any more sense to me. A Seussical baby in a Seussical world, I suppose.
I’d intended to just drop by Gardens by the Bay since so many Singaporeans had recommended it. I figured plants are plants, right? But I ended up spending more than 3 hours there and would have stayed longer to walk along the trails of the indoor Cloud Forest and Flower Dome if I hadn’t run out of time.
I did so like the Supertrees.
I did see many plant species.
I did not like the Skyway heights,
But did so like the treetop sights.
I would go back there by the Bay,
I would go back! I would, I say.
Have you seen any sights worthy of Dr. Seuss?