ICANN 49 Gala in Flower Dome, Singapore

The Gala Evening at ICANN 49 in Singapore was held at the amazing Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay on the evening of Monday 26th March 2014.  With 3,332 panels of 42 varying shapes and sizes of spectrally selective glass, the dome was completed only a couple of years ago with a 1.2 hectare footprint and a height of 38 metres.  The temperature is kept at a constant 23°-25° C with humidity between 60% and 80%. It houses a wide range of plants from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions, as well as having changing displays in its Flower Field.  Amongst its prize collection is an olive tree from Spain reputed to be a thousand years old!  This month, the English Wars of the Roses (1455-1487) between the Houses of York and Lancaster were fought out in red and white flowers.  Our guide mentioned that only three events a year are permitted in the Flower Dome, and so we were fortunate indeed to be able to enjoy such a location.  The images below do not really do it justice!  Thanks to the team at ICANN for giving us this opportunity!

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