Singapore Garden Festival

Andy won Silver Medal on Singapore Garden Festival 2008 in Floral Windows to the World category. He named his piece "Indonesia – The land of Culture and Bio Diversity". Andy incorporated Batik, spices, and wayang (puppetry) to give a distinctive Indonesian flavour.

Singapore Garden Festival 2008

"Floral Windows to the World"

Indonesia ….The Land of Culture and Bio-Diversity

General Concept

As the largest archipelagic state in the world, Indonesia has more than 13.000 islands. Across its many islands, Indonesia consists of distinct ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. The diversity of its people enriches Indonesia with various cuisines, architectural designs, traditional costumes, and social custom. For so many years Indonesia has been famous for its own beauty of diversity.

Indonesia’s archipelagic geography and tropical climate has also made it the second largest level of Bio–diversity in the world. With the bio diversity, it will always be interesting to see Indonesian exotic plans and flowers especially the Indonesian collection of orchids. Indonesia that lies in equator is also famous for its jungle and rainforest, which are called the lungs of the world. The jungle and the rainforest are home for many of endanger species that need to be protected from extinction. Protection to the rainforest is always one of the Indonesian government’s focuses. Indonesia also has beautiful sceneries from the sea shore, to the rice terrace in the mountainous area. The Indonesian sceneries attract people from every corner of the world to come to Indonesian archipelago to see its beauty.

"Indonesia …. The Land of Culture and Bio Diversity" as the theme of the display, represents the Indonesian country in general, including the culture, sceneries, rainforest and the bio diversity. Every floral design in this display will represent one or more aspects of Indonesia. Side – by side in harmony with other designs, they will represent the complete Indonesia.

Brown as dominant color of the display represents the earth and woods of Indonesia. The color is also widely used in Indonesian culture such as the main color in batik painting and craft. Green as the second dominant color represents the jungle of Indonesia, the plants, the rice fields, and the symbol of life and hope. White, red, orange and yellow will accentuate the brown and green and brought the rhythm to each floral design in this display.

Detail concept of each floral design

  • The Nepenthes

    This design will focus on Nepenthes, the exotic carnivore plants that mostly live in deep down Indonesian rain forest. The suspended hanging basket, that shape like the nepenthes pitcher has been chosen as a container to represent the hanging pitcher of Nepenthes. As the theme, this design will use many types of nepenthes, from the cut flowers to the whole plants, from the hanging one to the one which grown closely on the ground. The design will be completed by the use of several fines, moss, fern and hanging leaves that represent the deep rain forest where the nepenthes lives. The deep brown, reddish and green of the nepenthes will be the dominant color of this design.

  • Offering to the Gods

    Bali the Islands of the Gods, with the famous Hinduism culture, has been tourist destination from any corner of the world. Offering to the Gods is one of the important aspects in the Balinese daily life. Offering is made daily, even several times a day, and could be more in some special holy ceremonies. Originally the offering will consist of horticultural products including flowers and food plants.

    This floral design is inspired by the offering that the Balinese provide to their Gods. Large swallow wooden bowl is use as container. Tropical flowers such as anthurium, orchid, roots and heliconia will be placed circling the container. Center part of the bowl will be full of spices like ginger, cinnamon, coriander seed, etc.

  • The rain forest trees.

    This couple of trees is made of thousand of coconut split sticks that are arranged with special technique in floral design. These trees represent the trees that made the rainforest. These trees will be decorated with hundred blooms of orchid, fern and some other tropical flowers. Logical thinking to dominantly use orchid in this design (that look like tress) is because orchids naturally grows in trees. Brown color that is dominant in this design will be accentuated with white, orange, yellow and red. Contras yet elegance combination of color will attract visitors’ attention.

  • "Gunungan"

    The shape of this design replicates the shape of the "gunungan". The Javanese word "gunungan" comes from the word "gunung" that means mountain. In a shadow puppet play, "gunungan" is used as the beginning as well as the closing of the performance where in between the story goes on. So it isn’t difficult to understand that "gunungan" itself means as the whole life of human being. Inside this shape, there is a figure of a huge tree, the "kalpataru tree", the tree of life. The philosophical background is influenced by Hindu – Javanese cosmology.

    The design structure is made by clear acrylic plastic to replicate the transparency of the "wayang", the shadow puppet. The huge tree figure in the middle is made of thousands of tiny leaves and decorated with some tropical flowers and orchids. To make it more similar with the original shadow puppet which is rich in color and glittering ornament, this design is also decorated with some traditional Javanese golden ornament.

    Two shadow puppets figure decorating the wall behind this design are "Rama and Shinta". Rama and Shinta are the Romeo and Juliet in the Ramayana epic story , whose love to each other conquers the barrier.

  • Rice terrace

    This design represents one of the beautiful sceneries that located in many mountainous areas in Indonesia, rice terrace. In this design the snake grass symbolize the rice plants meanwhile the flowers that look like flowing , symbolize the water that flow from the upper level to lower level in the rice terrace. As the rice field, the green color will dominate this design. The brown swallow containers represent the soil and clay in the rice field.

  • The Globe

    This ball shape design which made of woven coconut split, represents the world. The leaves and flowers that circling the ball, represent the equator line, where the Indonesian country located. Indonesia is also called "The Emerald from Equator". Brown and green dominate the color of this arrangement.

  • "Kembar Mayang"

    This couple of arrangement is a modification from the original "Kembar Mayang". The "kembar mayang" is a couple of arrangement used in Javanese traditional wedding ceremony. This couple arrangement is made by using young yellowish coconut leaves that called "janur". This couple arrangement is originally made in exact same shape and size, and placed in each side of the groom and bride. There are some variations in shape between some areas in central Java which still using this kind of arrangement for their traditional wedding ceremony. Sometimes, this kind of arrangement is also decorated with flowers and fruits to represent the symbol of wealth.

    In this design, the two arrangements are made in different size with some variation in shape, just to show the visitors many variations in the design of "kembar mayang". To make this kind of arrangement, the designers need to master the skill on using young coconut leaves, both the cutting technique, braiding, plaiting of the leaves and the construction to make some shape. A very unique technique on arranging floral material that only found in some part of Indonesia.

  • The Floral Batik Painting

    Indonesia is also known by the Batik Painting, the finest in the world. Many different patterns were found in Indonesia. Each area has each own pattern that different from other areas’ patterns. Some patterns are geometrical, meanwhile the others are organic. One of the famous patterns is what we called "kawung", a geometrical motif that made by same size circle, one on the top of others. The other pattern is "parang rusak", which consist of geometrical curve design in diagonal line. Both of these patterns are transformed to botanical arrangement using floral material.

    These floral designs which represent the batik painting are consist of three frames on the wall with special arrangement inside. In this design the kawung pattern was transferred to botanical floral arrangement by using hundreds of same size bamboo rings that stack one to another, making an interesting construction. The "parang rusak" pattern is presented by the diagonal placement of twig and branches. Focal points of this design are arrangement of orchids and some tropical flowers and leaves, which are placed inside the frame on the top of the construction.