Singapore Garden Festival

"Modern Day Maui"

Shuter Design was selected to represent NZ at the Singapore Garden Festival in the 'Fantasy' category.

The Concept

Maui has asked me to design him a 'pad' for him to retire in. 'Keeping up with the Joneses' with a modern look, but incorporating a cultural feel.

The garden is to be in a peaceful place, self sustainable (edible & medicinal plants), in keeping with his heritage not only in NZ but throughout the Pacific and Asia. Something to remind him of his 'younger days', his legends and myths.

The main feature wil be the front of his main 'pad' - a 3mx3m tall 3D slatted face of a Maori with moko. Coming off the face will be an open plan deck area which relates back to his boating days, with a waka tail.

The face will contain up to 60 vertical slats, to create the 3D effect.

The Fantasy category is within a large marquee and ambient lighting, mist and sound will play a major role in the design. Laser lighting will project the Southern Cross in the sky.

The display is 8mx10m


The story...

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19th July

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20th- 21st July

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Summary

It wasn't quite the happy ending that I was after, but it was a privilege to have the opportunity to go there and have the experiences that we did.

While I was at the awards evening, I enjoyed a couple of beers with Jonathan Austin, NZ High Commissioner in Singapore. During our conversation I offered to donate Maui's head to NZ Embassy House. I am currently designing a section of the garden for Maui to reside in - I can't think of a better home for Maui to go to.

A Quick Note...

I'd like to thank everyone that was involved in helping me to fulfill my dream - thank you and I'll always remember
Adam Shuter