Magnificent peacocks made with upcycled palm leaves give a warm welcome to airport visitors at T3.
With clear display concepts in mind, the team started looking for the materials needed for the Deepavali festive display, as well as the year-end Christmas gardens displays as early as August 2020.
For the Deepavali displays, Tamilselvi Thangavelu, Senior Associate at CAG’s Horticulture Unit decided that palm leaves would be the most suitable for her use.
“We typically use fresh flowers for the key characters of our Deepavali displays, but with the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, we needed a concept that requires less maintenance. Dried palm leaves were chosen as they are hardier than other types of leaves, and are big enough to cover the peacock structures we want to create. It’s golden tone also ties in well with the Deepavali festival mood,” explained Tamilselvi.
Tamilselvi and her team got to work by collecting the 2-metre wide palm leaves from the large palms along Airport Boulevard. These were cleaned, and added hues of purple and gold. They were then allowed to dry for a few days to preserve the leaves and set the colours. After that, the team took another two days to put together the displays in three locations at Terminals 1 and 3, adding other different types of plants from the Changi Airport nursery located just off the airport grounds.