Fancy admiring sculptures and taking Instagrammable photos? Do not miss these 13 sculptures that tell a tale when you visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Art gazing is typically looked upon as an indoor experience. However, let us take you to the outdoor gallery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Many meaningful sculptures have been installed over the years to further add to the beauty of the gardens. We highlight 13 sculptures which you may chance upon during your stroll through the gardens.
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Chang Kuda, installed in 2011, depicts a popular game that children played back in the 1950s and 1960s. Chang Kuda means “to carry horse” in Malay. It reminds us of the happy-go-lucky days, when children came back from school and ran out to play. Chang Kuda was created by Chong Fah Cheong and donated by Asia Pacific Breweries. The sculpture can be found on Lawn E.
Chopin was installed in 2008 and was a gift from Poland to Singapore. It reminds us of music’s great poets. Chopin was created by Karol Badyna and donated by the Polish Embassy. Chopin can be found at the Heliconia Walk.
The Cranes were installed in 1995. They were donated by Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice to mark the opening of the National Orchid Garden. The Cranes are located at the entrance of the Orchid Garden and welcome visitors to the gardens.
Fifty Wings was installed in 2015. The sculpture is sculpted by James Surls and donated by Dr Helmut Sohmen & Anna Sohmen. Fifty Wings is located at Forest Plaza, the exit of Rain Forest overlooking the entrance to the National Orchid Garden. The sculpture has 50 wings which represents 50 years of Singapore’s independence.
Flight of Swans
Flight of Swans was installed in 2006. Flight of Swans was sculpted by Mr Eng Siak Loy and it is located at Swan Lake, Tanglin Entrance. The bronze sculpture is seen taking off in the middle of the Swan Lake.
Girl on the Bicycle
Girl on the Bicycle was installed in 1987 and it is also one of the oldest sculptures in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Girl on the Bicycle was sculpted by Sydney Harpley and donated by David Marshall. It can be located at Lawn O. With her legs free off the pedals riding the bicycle, Girl on the Bicycle encapsulates the same carefree spirit as Girl on a Swing.
Girl on a Swing
Girl on a Swing was installed in 1984 and it is one of the oldest sculptures in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Girl on a Swing was sculpted by Sydney Harpley and donated by David Marshall. It can be located at Lawn O. Mounted so as to give the impression that the sculpture is swinging, Girl on a Swing exudes enthusiasm and freedom of movement.
Joy was installed in 2005. Joy was sculpted by Ruth Bloch and it was donated by a friend of the Gardens, who wishes to remain anonymous. Standing at 2.1 metres tall, “Joy” celebrates love, life and laughter.
Lady on the Hammock
Lady on the Hammock was installed in 1990. Lady on the Hammock was sculpted by Sydney Harpley and donated by David Marshall as a gift for the Gardens’ 130th anniversary. The sculpture can be located at Lawn J. The Lady on the Hammock depicts a seductive maiden reclining in a hammock. The lovely sight of sculpture is further complimented when surrounding flowers bloom.
Mystree was installed in 2007. It was sculpted by Zadok Ben-David and donated by Dr Rosslyn Leong as a gift to the Children’s Garden. Mystree is located at the entrance of Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. This captivating sculpture depicts 500 little figurines as the leaves of a tree, making it a prominent feature in the Children’s Garden.
Nurturing was installed in 2011. It was sculpted by Vanessa Marston and donated by Myma Thomas, in memory of her mother, Doris Thomas, who loved the Gardens. The sculpture is located at the Frangipani Lawn. Nurturing depicts Doris Thomas’s love for nature and people.
Passing of Knowledge
Passing of Knowledge was installed in 2005. It was sculpted by Victor Tan Wee Tar and donated by the Rotary Club of Singapore and Crocodile. Passing of Knowledge can be found in the Sun Garden. The sculpture depicts a father passing water to his son, with the water symbolising knowledge. The sculpture encourages you to try the 4-way Test and reflect on your relationship with your family.
Swing me Mama
Swing me Mama was installed in 2005. It was sculpted by Dominic Benhura and donated by Rotary Club of Singapore. The sculpture is located near Swan Lake, which is popular among mothers and toddlers. Hence, the sculpture fits perfectly in its surroundings of mothers playing with their toddlers.