Visual spectacle to celebrate Gardens by the Bay's fifth birthday

A stilt walker blowing bubbles to the audience during the media preview of the Gardens Extravaganza Special on May 29, 2017.
A stilt walker blowing bubbles to the audience during the media preview of the Gardens Extravaganza Special on May 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
A media preview of Gardens Extravaganza SpecialST VIDEO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Fire twirlers, stilt walkers, and aerial performers will be performing at Gardens by the Bay on June 3 and 4.

The Supertree Grove will come alive with a multimedia spectacle in a Gardens Extravaganza Special, as part of the gardens' fifth anniversary celebrations.

The 30-minute "immersive show" will see aerial dancers hang from the Supertrees and flames shoot out from the 22m-high OCBC Skyway, against a projection of flowers and bubbles across eight of the 18 Supertrees.


A performer contorts and slides on aerial silk hanging from the tallest Supertree during the media preview of the Gardens Extravaganza Special at Supertree Grove on May 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

To add to the multi-sensory experience, bubble artists will be forming giant bubbles during a segment of the show, which will float to the audience.

Up above, a swarm of 50 drones will be dancing in the sky, coming together to create a series of formations - the number '5', the conservatories, and the Supertrees, amongst others.

Taking about four months to conceive, the show hopes to create an experience that will thrill the senses, said Gardens by the Bay director of programming, Ms Ong Chui Leng.

"It tells the story of the Gardens' growth from the seed of an idea to become the iconic attraction it is today," she adds.


Bubbles greeting the audience during media preview of the Gardens Extravaganza Special at Supertree Grove on May 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The weekend's activities will include a food bazaar, a dance party, and an outdoor movie screening.

Opened in June 2012, Gardens by the Bay has welcomed more than 33 million visitors, and is home to over 1.5 million plants from some 5,000 species all over the world.

Over the years, the gardens has also garnered a number of accolades, including the President's Design Award in 2013, and the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012.


A performer on an aerial ring is seen on the shorter Supertree with projection of plants growing from ground up in the finale of the media preview of the Gardens Extravaganza Special. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Speaking to The Straits Times, Mr Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer at Gardens by the Bay, said: "One of our objectives from the beginning is to be a community space for people to gather."

"Visitors are at the heart of what we do, and Gardens by the Bay will continue to explore how we can offer something new for visitors."

For more information on the Gardens Extravaganza Special, events taking place this weekend, and other promotions, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/gardensturns5