Dandelion art installations are helping people in countries such as Singapore and Japan connect across borders that have been closed to most travelers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, visitors can scan a QR code and point their mobile phone at a 2-meter-tall dandelion installation to “blow” virtual seeds to the corresponding installations in Tokyo’s Miyashita Park. When the seeds are received, they bloom into flowers.

Users can send blessings or peace prayers to people in these cities, as well as to others such as Venice, Italy and Cape Town, South Africa.

The installations are a collaboration between Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and Tokyo-based creative company NAKED, and conceptualized by artist and NAKED founder Ryotaro Muramatsu.

A visual story by epa’s How Hwee Young in Singapore and Franck Robichon in Tokyo.