Magnificent Mexican heritage and history at Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots.
With so many events ongoing in Singapore this month, and the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner, I didn’t pay much attention to this debut event of Gardens by the Bay. All I did was make plans to pop by as soon as the exhibition is open.
While swamped with work over the weekend, I actually considered skipping this event. After all, I’ve been heading to the Flower Dome almost every month this year.
Thank goodness I went—I’d never forgiven myself had I not! Much more than just an exhibition featuring blooms associated with Mexico, Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots is a showcase of Mesoamerican history and heritage from ancient times till now, with the showpiece, a replica of the world-famous Chichen Itza pyramid. (Very well-known to us Civ players. This wonder grants culture and production!)
The great Feathered Serpent of the Aztecs, Quetzalcoatl, was a guest star too. Having encountered him so many times in games and fiction over the years, I had a truly heady moment finally meeting the plumed god “in person.”
A Fiesta of Mexican Heritage, Art, and Mythology
Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots begins with a gorgeous festive floral arch situated right after the main entrance. A brilliant masterpiece by third-generation artisan Mario Arturo Aguilar Gutierrez, you know you’re walking into a colourful fiesta, the moment you see this vibrant gateway.
Cultural Icons Amid Representative Blooms
Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots features several visually striking replicas of famous Mexican statues too. The abovementioned Tula Giants form one group. The rest of the replicas surround Chichen Itza.
Mexican and Mesoamerican History on Showcase
Like other Flower Dome debut events this year, Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots showcases historical gems and relics. This time around, the displays are also doubly worth seeing because these are artistic treasures that are rarely exhibited in Singapore.
For me, the seed mosaics and codexes are especially fascinating.