Bot Nav Bar Outline Box

Copyright © 2005-2017 Ray Plowman All Rights Reserved

Follow me on Facebook Purple images website banner Follow me on Facebook

A self-guided walk through the Tanglin Core in the Singapore Botanic Gardens images featuring a photo essay of sculpture and nature

The entrance on Cluny Road is the starting point for a self-guided walk through the Singapore botanic Gardens Tanglin Core. Go through the new gates and straight to the Marsh Garden, which is great place for nature photography –dragonflies (Odonata Epiprocta), damselflies (Odonata Zygoptera) and pictorial interpretations of plant subjects.

Leave the Marsh Garden and carryon to the first of three sculptures at Swan Lake, the 1995 Swing Me Mama sculpture by Zimbabwean Dominic Benhura, carved in spring stone. The next is Joy, a bronze sculpture by Ruth Bloch, introduced into the garden in July 2005. The last in this area, is the Fight of Swans by an unknown artist is located in the middle of the lake 2006.

Jungle Flame (Ixora javanica) shrubs were once planted all the way along the path between Swing Me Mama and Joy statues. Most of these shrubs have been removed a losing a habitat for sunbathing changeable lizards (Calotes versicolor), what shrubs remain are near the Swing Me Mama Sculpture, which is a good place to see them.

From Swan Lake head towards the Sundial Garden, pass the Joy sculpture, which is a superb place for waterlilies and insects, especially Odonata. The varieties of waterlilies planted in the four ponds around the sundial do change from time-to-time and included in 2003 the giant leaved Amazonian Water Lily (Victoria amazonica).

From the Sundial Garden, head past the Frangipani trees down towards the Swiss Granite Fountain, installed in 1991 and handcrafted by the Swiss sculptor Ueli Fausch. From here head towards the Botany Centre, where there are some formal lily ponds near the reception area.

After visiting the Botany Centre, head via the pergola to the lily ponds (Lawn L). Then explore the three Sydney Harpley sculptures: Girl on a Swing (1984) the first in the series of three sculptures, Girl on a Bicycle (1987) and Lady on a Hammock (1989) the last in the series. The Girl on a Swing monochrome image, originally printed on fibre based paper from a MACO Infrared 820 film negative and then lith post-processed and digitally scanned, and processed.

Then visit the Bandstand, which dates from 1930 and replaces the original from the 1860s. The three monochrome bandstand images are infrared film originals, treated similarly to the Girl on a Swing image. Near the bandstand are two of the fourteen Heritage Trees, which were designated as such under the scheme in 2001 – Kapok Tree (Ceiba pentandra), and Malayan Terminalia or Jelwai (Terminalia subspathulata).

After the bandstand visit, head towards the Sun Garden, passing the National Flower Vanda Miss Joaquim (Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim) collection, to see the cacti and succulents. In the Sun Garden is Passing of Knowledge (2003) sculpture by Victor Tan Wee Tar a Singaporean sculptor. The cacti and palm make good infrared subjects.

From the Sun Garden, head to the Central Core directly or via the Ginger Garden.

Tanglin Core photo essay of sculpture and nature images

Images are either digitally scanned colour negatives, infrared monochrome – lith post-processed print or digital originals, captured between 1984 and 2011 and processed using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Refer to Image Processing for a list of film stock and digital cameras used in this period.