If Trees Could Tell Stories

Photographic Collage, 900 x 25.8cm
(7.2 x 8.6cm each)

If trees could tell stories, the trees at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will tell you about the moments where they witnessed humans from different walks of life taking time out to observe and make photos of them and their habitat. In this 9-metre long artwork, the images take us to scenes shot by the community, featuring The Swan Lake, the 5-dollar Tembusu, swings at the Frangipani Lawn, Sundial Garden, Bonsai Garden, Sun Garden, Vanda Miss Joaquim plot, The Band Stand and more.

The project was first conceptualised from the Under A Tree botanical sculptures series to collect stories and memories of people spent in nature. During the workshop, participants are introduced to the Fujifilm Instax SQ6 camera and the concept of composite instant-photographs with the examples by David Hockney to make a composition of 8 to 9 Instax films of selected subjects in the Gardens.​ The photos captured by the different participants are then connected into a bigger narrative envisioned by Susanna.

If Trees Could Tell Stories is a 9-metre long photographic collage by Susanna and 45 community members. In the months of February and March 2021, friends and visitors of the Gardens signed up for a 2-hour on-site workshop session with the artist to co-create the photographic collage every Tuesday and Sunday. This artist-in-residency programme at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is part of Arts@SBG and is supported by National Arts Council.

9 Metres  •  45 Stories  •  420 Images



001     Nahid

002     Melissa

003     Sofian

004     Wen Xuan

005     Ming Hui

006     Kartini

007     Hayati

008     Evina

009     Mizuna

010     Miho

011     Bhuvinder

012     Tarvinder

013     Jay D

014     Qi Xiang

015     Annur

016     Rosalind

017     Patrick

018     Palani

019     Gilson

020     Bhavna

021     Vidushi

022     Govind

023     Aditi

024     Shyam

025     Rahul

026     Evelyn

027     Siok

028     Poh Geok

029     Charmaine

030     Darrell

031     Shirmin

032     KH

033     Choe Tee

034     Betty

035     Arvin

036     Licheng

037     Ai-Leen

038     Jeremy

039     Ansley

040     Yeok Theng

041     Minghui

042     Debbie

043     Philip

044     Daniel

045     Phylicia