Reading and literary activities have the potential to go beyond the book itself. There are so many possibilities to bring our Singaporean literature texts to life and this is possibly one of the ways.

Ina Shea – A Floral Trail

Flowers and poetry are a classic combination – one inspires the other and vice versa. We are delighted to showcase our partner florist, Ina.Shea and their collaboration last month with BuySingLit and Arts In Your Neighborhood to turn the Bukit Panjang Library into a Floral Trail: Reading the Garden City.

Bukit Panjang Ina Shea library

Literary texts play a large part in contributing to our understanding of the world around us […]. [This was} an attempt at broadening interaction with texts and generating interest for Singapore and its natural landscape as well. Both the literary community and our flora and fauna are very much alive, and bringing it to everyone through such an installation is meaningful. It’s a door to developing a more vivid experience of literature through what we can offer as florists” – Ina Shea, A Floral Trail

Inspired by the works of Singaporean writers, Ina Shea set to share something new and take readers on a casual stroll in a garden, or a venture into a modern jungle. The 4 mini segments were each inspired by a piece of Singapore literature to bring the literary experience to life through a sensory experience of flowers.

Please take a seat on the bench you see; the

path to the garden lies beyond

Twice Daily by Marc Nair

The Floral Trail

The main Spiral, featuring the poem Banyan Tree by Arthur Yap, a poem that focuses on the whimsical movement of a banyan tree in the changing tropical weather.

The flowers here are a blend of exotic flowers such as Delphiniums, Mimosa, Anethum, Didiscus, amongst others.

We tried to spotlight texts across different time periods. Daryl Yam’s “A Dark Part of Town” was published in 2015, and we also have Arthur Yap’s “Banyan Tree” penned in 1974. Our natural environment varies as Singapore progresses, and so do our attitudes and concerns about nature, which writers reflect in their work. 

Ina Shea

Marc Nair’s (@marcnair)Twice Daily is about walking through a garden, as a form of rest & relaxation. This installation showcased garden flowers and foliage, evoking a Singapore garden.

Flowers, greens & potted plants used this installation include heliconia, birds of paradise, hydrangeas, artichokes, blue star ferns and more .

Angeline Yap’s lovely poem, Tea Time , inspired the third stop on the floral trail – a mix of white delphiniums, Mimosa, Anethum, Didiscus, in a similar design to the main spiral.

We tried to spotlight texts across different time periods. Daryl Yam’s “A Dark Part of Town” was published in 2015, and we also have Arthur Yap’s “Banyan Tree” penned in 1974. Our natural environment varies as Singapore progresses, and so do our attitudes and concerns about nature, which writers reflect in their work. 

Ina Shea

The last part of the trail focused on two urban poems, A Dark Part Of Town by Daryl Qilin Yam and Bukit Timah, Singapore by Lee Tzu Pheng.

The contrast of the rustic dried arrangements against the lush and very green other elements of the trail made this last pause along the floral trail all the more intriguing.

Buysinglit is a movement created by the community of people who loves Singapore literature. And through this movement that had taken place for the past 3 years, they have established a group of followers who shares the common ground of words and languages.

Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is a bi-annual programme by the National Arts Council that aims to provide the opportunity for everyone to experience, appreciate and be inspired by the arts right at their doorsteps. AYN also aims to connect communities through the arts by creating opportunities for shared experiences, social bonding and mixing, and fostering a sense of belonging to neighbourhoods.

AYN takes place over three weeks in March and November every year, featuring a range of different art forms and genres.