Roots

Singapore, very old tree

'Singapore, very old tree' is a project initiated by artist Robert Zhao to explore the stories behind the trees of Singapore.

Idea The project is named after a postcard dated 1904 from the Singapore’s national archives. It features a small man at the foot of a very tall tree. This visual is the adopted as the signature graphic. The project produces a boxset consists of a pack of 30 postcards, a companion book and a map of trees in Singapore.

Postcards There are 30 postcards in the boxset, each featuring a unique or well-known tree in Singapore.

Companion book The companion book, in pocket book format, complements the postcards. It also chronicles the history and story of the trees featured in them.

Map The map charts over 20 trees of interest found in Singapore. These trees are rendered with intricate details and care to resemble their real life counterpart.

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