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Surreal Photos of Singapore's Solar-Powered Supertrees


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Beautiful.

Human for scale here:

http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=singapore_supertrees_2011_AP

"These "Supertrees" are vertical gardens, embedded with environmentally sustainable functions and range from 25-50-meters in height, with emphasis placed on the vertical display of tropical flowering climbers, ferns and epiphytes."  Birds love them too!

I can imagine birds liking them. Are they art or a commissioned solar project?

The colossal solar-powered supertrees are found in the Bay South garden, which opened to the public on June 29, 2012. It is part of a 250-acre landscaping project -- Gardens by the Bay -- that is an initiative from Singapore's National Parks Board that will see the cultivation of flora and fauna from foreign lands.

The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/08/world/asia/singapore-supertrees-gardens-bay/

This is super awesome ❤.❤

It really is.

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