i Light Marina Bay 2016

I found out about the i Light Marina Bay while watching TV and since I was in Singapore, I decided to check it out.  The 4th edition of Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival was held at the waterfront from 4th to 27th March.

Based on the theme ‘In Praise of Shadows’, this year’s festival features 25 light art installations by artists from countries like Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and US.  These innovative works of art also incorporate energy efficient lightning technologies and recyclable materials.

Making giant bubble 'manually'

Making giant bubbles ‘manually’

The festival had lined up a myriad of activities such as fun fair, music performances, night markets and bazaars.  Visitors also get to enjoy a wide array of food and beverages offered by the food trucks and the gourmet market PasarBella.

There are also interactive installations to engage with visitors to the festival such as Clockwork Stories, a work by Nanyang Polytechnic School of Design.  Essentially a bubble machine, bubbles are created when the contraptions are activated by the movement of the bicycle.

Making bubbles by cycling

Making bubbles by cycling

Here are some of the luminescent artworks, scattered around the Bay area that I managed to capture :

Bolt comprises an intricate network of LED tubes resting on steel legs that flare up when touched.

Lampshade is by Norwegian artist Snøhetta.  It is made of simple bamboo structures covered in photovoltaic cells to prevent sunlight from entering its interior in the day while its 1,000 lightbulbs which are solar-powered will light up at night.

Not only Moon Haze represents a full moon, it also functions as a monitoring system for air pollutants – the better the air quality, the brighter the installation.

This lighting installation named Cloud is inspired from the Biblical book of Exodus.  Resembling a cloud, this piece of work symbolises the guidance and protection of the community.

Angels of Freedom comprises five sets of giant colourful angel wings attracted visitors to pose for a snap.

Dandelion is a spherical cone with a singular light source installed at its core and 3D-printed flip panels that can be flipped and rotated to project different shadows on surrounding surfaces.

Lightscape Pavilion is inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns with bamboo lattice designed to resemble traditional lantern.

Inspired by human fascination with space exploration, Ground Control to Major Tom is a multi-coloured lantern in the shape of a rocket.

One of my favourite installations of the festival is What A Loving & Beautiful World by teamLab, Japan.  The lotus shape façade of ArtScience Museum is turned into a canvas of evolving colourful display.

Festival crews with tablets were seen inviting viewers to participate in the installation by swiping Chinese characters using a web application to be projected.

We also managed to catch the spectacular laser display from the Marina Bay Sands twice in the 2 plus hours we spent at the festival.

If you want to know more about the event and the 2017 i Light Marina Bay, check out this website http://www.ilightmarinabay.sg/.

One tip – if you do decide to visit, wear a good pair of walking shoes and be prepared to walk the entire Marina Bay if you want to see all the installations.

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