Palma Viva

About the Project

‘PALMA VIVA’ (living palm) is collaboration with Changi City Point, ArtBeatz, fine artist, Chloë Manasseh, and 181 participants in the Changi precinct. The art installation is synonymous with Changi City Point’s architectural design of a “garden within a city”. The symbiosis of Changi City Point and its surrounding communities resonates within the interactive elements of the art installation.

A total of 181 gold leaves revolve around ‘PALMA VIVA’ to form an intricate DNA structure. Each gold leaf is a DNA strand, embedded with wisdom, precious moments, and stories hand-drawn and embossed by the community. The gold leaves carry an interconnectedness forever interwoven into the core of the art installation.

DNA is the hereditary unit of life. The double helix depicts the structure of DNA and how life can be propagated through generations. Communities with different DNA coming together will result in environmental changes leading to the acquisition of good traits that will be transmitted through DNA replication. Hence, we will continue to progress through communities working collaboratively and harmoniously, leading to Utopia.

Artist Statement

‘PALMA VIVA’, created by Fine Artist Chloë Manasseh, takes its inspiration from intricate botanical Peranakan patterns and the natural Singapore landscape, evoking a sense of exotic escapism. The piece reflects on the process by which imagination can intrude on physical space, echoing the roots and diversity of the local Singaporean community through a breathing sculptural intervention. The chandelier has been created with lightweight aluminium, steel wire and brass sheeting (for the golden leaves) – a mixture of materials representing both modernity and tradition.

Chloë’s design, which is a full 14m high, includes a substantial community element provided by two hundred participants from the Changi community who were invited to share a story that communicates their own relationship to the Singaporean landscape. These reflections have been embedded into the body of the chandelier through a weaving of golden ‘DNA’ leaves, upon which the participants created designs leaving their individual stories forever interwoven into the core of the sculpture.

The living element of ‘PALMA VIVA’ is represented in the form of subtle lighting which goes through a full cycle of colours every two hours. Evocative of DNA and how life is constantly refreshed and renewed, periodic pulses will climb the roots and descend through chandelier.

The big green button on this display invites the community to continue to communicate with their chandelier. Pressing the button breathes new life into the sculpture with an array of movement and colour – The Pulse of Singapore.

To learn more about Chloë, please visit

To view to the leaves and read about their stories, click below.