The Hanging Gardens: Mexican Roots

Mexican culture and heritage take centre stage at the Gardens by the Bay! in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, Hanging Gardens: Mexican Roots showcases vibrant floral interpretations and icons of ancient Mexican civilisations.

The elaborate floral arch is often erected at the entrances of Mexican towns, churches and even weddings. The floral arch in Flower Dome, includes in its design hummingbirds and butterflies.

Double-headed Serpent

The Maquizcoatl, more popularly known as the double-headed serpent, is of great mystical significance in ancient Mexico’s history. No zoological specimens of this creature have ever been recorded. In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, coatl means both “serpent” and “twin”. Serpents are extensively featured in all Aztec art – it serves as an important symbol as the shedding of the serpent’s skin represents regeneration, new life and fertility.

Tula Giants

Visible on the horizon of the ancient city of Tula, Hidalgo in present-day Mexico, these large, giant statues stand atop the Temple of Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, also known as the Temple of the Morning Star or House of the Morning Star. While archaeologists are still uncertain about the exact purpose of the statues within the Mesoamerican context, they have deduced that the statues likely supported a roof at the top of the temple, like pillars or columns.

Olmec head

The artwork of the Olmec civilisation is considered the most striking in ancient America. The Olmec heads are massive stone monuments that can be as tall as 3m, have a circumference of 4.5m and weigh up to 8 tonnes.

Chac Mool

The Chac Mool is a type of Maya sculpture of an abstract male figure reclining and holding a bowl used as a receptacle for sacrifices.

Chichén Itzá

Located in the eastern part of the Yucatán state in Mexico, the city of Chichén Itzá boasts a wealth of dense architecture, reminiscent of its reputation as a significant regional capital in the North Maya Lowlands during the Late Classic Period (AD 600 – AD 900) to the Terminal Classic Period (AD 800 – AD 900). Chichén Itzá is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.


Quetzalcóatl is one of the most significant gods in ancient Mesoamerica, commonly present among several Mesoamerican civilisations. Its name is made up of a combination of two Nahuatl words – quetzal, meaning “emerald plumed bird”, and coatl, meaning “serpent”.

Mexican Folk Art

Seed mosaics are a traditional Mexican art form often seen during harvest festivals and ceremonies. Seeds, beans or pulses of various sizes and colours are used to create intricate images on streets and pavements.

Monarch Butterfly

Millions of monarch butterflies land in Mexico’s Central Highlands during fall season after a long journey to find respite from the cooling winter temperatures in the northeastern US and Canada.


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The Hanging Gardens: Mexican Roots
From now till 25 September 2022
Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
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  1. The vibrancy and scale of this is amazing. I appreciate the virtual tour, very much enjoyed this post.

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