Ten Singapore legends, 10 floral showcases, more than 8,000 orchids. The SG50 floral display at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, entitled From Tales to Legends: Discover Singapore Stories, which runs from today until Sept 13, features the legends of Tanjong Pagar, Redhill, Sisters Island, Bukit Timah, Pulau Ubin, Kusu Island, Sang Nila Utama, Radin Mas, the Merlion, and the Singapore Stone.
Each tale is presented as a 3D stamp, with a large stamp frame drawing the visitor's eye to it. The centrepiece of the display is the Merlion (left), a wooden sculpture inspired by a drawing, Merlion Redesigned, by Nanyang Polytechnic lecturer Lynette Wu. According to legend, the Merlion battles the sea storm and, in the display, the sculpture is surrounded by four 10m-tall vertical banyan roots that represent the waves. The floral display is designed by National Parks Board design director Damian Tang, 40, seen in the frame arranging potted orchids for the Merlion legend.