Terrarium as Diorama: Our Garden Narratives

Terrarium as Diorama: Our Garden Narratives by Vertical Submarine, Community Arts Resident at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Vertical Submarine, in collaboration with professional gardener and NParks’ Community in Bloom ambassador Hamzah Osman, presents an installation that ignites new thought about how the concept of diorama and terrarium informs contemporary conditions of life. While rediscovering the gardens and landmarks found at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the collective uses found objects and upcycled materials to present an installation of terrariums that was co-created with the Gardens’ community. Inspired by the concept of the Wardian Case, an early type of terrarium used for protecting plants, this upcycled structure also reflects elements from iconic heritage landmarks around the Gardens such as the Swan Lake Gazebo and the Bandstand to signify the importance of protecting and conserving our nature and heritage.

Vertical Submarine Showcase 2

Vertical Submarine Showcase 1

 
About Vertical Submarine
Justin Loke is the founding member of the collective Vertical Submarine. Some of his recent projects are History Without Words at National Museum of Singapore, which was part of the inaugural Arts x Tech Lab 2021, by the National Art Council, and Cathay Hotel: The Curse Of The Missing Red Shoe. In this highlight act for Singapore Night Festival 2022, he was the creative director and script writer.
 
About the Arts@SBG Community Arts Residency
The Arts@SBG Community Arts Residency aims to give artists the opportunities to inquire, develop arts-based collaborations and co-create with the community artworks that will shape communal public spaces and reflect the collective stories of the people. The artists will also have an opportunity to gather insights from Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the first and only tropical botanic gardens on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list – the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This Residency is part of Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is part of the National Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Nodes Network. 

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