Exploring the stories behind the trees of Singapore. Singapore. (very old tree) is named after a mysterious postcard from 1904 in the Singapore’s national archives. It features a tall tree with a small man at the foot of the tree. Very little else is known of the tree or its location.
Trees offer an interesting and refreshing way to engage with memories. They are silent witnesses to larger, policy level changes, as well as smaller, specific experiences that have meaning to individuals. Sometimes trees are even participants in people’s stories, such as by starring as the courting grounds for couples, being a fruit-provider, the site of a haunting, or even a religious site. Unlike objects and spaces, they are living, breathing organisms that act as a lively conduit for people to talk about their memories of home.
Stories and photographs of the trees will be shown in an exhibition in April 2015.
If you have a tree you really like, or have a story to share, please check out the ways to participate below. We look forward to hearing from you!
This project is supported under the Singapore Memory Project’s irememberSG Fund, as part of the Singapore50 (SG50) celebrations.