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Gardens by the Bay celebrates Mexican culture and icons in latest display

Be awed by the 18m-long double-headed serpent.

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Izza Sofia
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Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display celebrates Mexico's invaluable contributions to agronomy. Dubbed Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots, the exhibition showcases keystone elements of Mexican culture, which traces back to the roots of the ancient Mesoamerican world – one of the six cradle civilizations in humanity’s history. 

“The legacy of the Mesoamerican world not only entails their magnificent architecture and cities, art, languages, scientific and astronomical advances, among others, but also their great agricultural knowledge, and techniques and products, which the entire world continues to benefit from in the present," adds the Ambassador of Mexico to Singapore, His Excellency Agustin García-López Loaeza.

Here’s what to look out for at the display amid the flowers: 

Chac Mool

This Mesoamerican sculpture is associated with ancient cultures such as the Aztecs and Mayans. The figure appears to be in a reclining position with its head facing to the left or right. Propping itself up on its elbows, it also holds a bowl or a disk on its belly.

Photograph: Gardens by the Bay
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

Double-headed serpent

These serpents are regarded as creatures of power, and usually associated with regeneration and fertility. This 18m-long double headed creature is located in the Flower Dome and it made up of 3,000 tilandsias.

Olmec head

This stone art is believed to be carved out of a single basalt boulder. Each of the these monuments weigh 8,000kg and could reach a height of 3m.

Chichén Itzá

Located in Yucatan, eastern Mexico, the Chichen Itza is a reproduction of the well-known pyramid and UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2007, the pyramid was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

Photograph: Gardens by the Bay
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

Tula giants

These carved stone statues are truly giants. They are over 4.6m tall and heavy. These giants are found on top of the Temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli.

There’s also a long list of Mexican-themed activities and events like culinary demonstrations, craft workshops, music and dance performances, and film screenings. Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots is now on till Sep 25. More information and tickets here.

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