Preserving Paradise references Singapore’s first experimental botanical garden, built circa 1822 by Sir Stamford Raffles, to grow valuable crops and conserve native flora and fauna. This interactive artwork revisits the concept of an experimental botanical garden in a futuristic light, looking straight out of a sci-fi flick with otherworldly species made of cast resin and laser-cut plywood. Those with green fingers can nerd out about cash crops of the yesteryears; those with itchy ones will be kept entertained with the hand crank mechanisms.
About Teo Huey Ling
Teo Huey Ling specialises in art installations, contemporary sculptures, drawings, and ceramics. When working with a particular material, she likes to know it inside out, even if that means learning technical skills from scratch and enduring laborious processes.
The artist explores the theme 'ambiguity' through naturally-occurring shapes, forms, and patterns, inviting a double take with their vague resemblance to living organisms. Last year, her work was commissioned by the National Arts Council, SAFRA, and Chingay.