i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, will be back from 4 to 27 March to illuminate the Bay with the most number of art installations presented by local educational institutions since its inception.
Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the fourth edition of the festival transformed the Marina Bay waterfront into a glittering ensemble of more than 20 light art installations from local and international artists.
The festival will see a showcase of innovative light art installations from emerging and world-class artists from Singapore and around the world, including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Norway, and the USA. Based on the theme “In Praise of Shadows”, the light art installations are designed with sustainability in mind while inviting visitors to re-imagine the fundamentals, forms and roles of light.
Location: OUE Bayfront
Light Origami invites viewers to explore reality by entering a giant 3D kaleidoscope. The domed structure is bathed in light and constructed using over 320 origami shapes made from mirrored panels to show what light can look like when folded like paper.
Changing spectrums of light are projected within the space, mirrored in the facets of the space while creating an entrancing kaleidoscope of light. One of my favourite installation this year.
Beyond its delightful representation of the full moon, Moon Haze also functions as a monitoring system for air pollutants, picking up and responding to the ambient air quality – the better the air quality, the brighter the installation.
In the same space occupied by the moon, people and the environment, the collective effects of these individual parts on one another are integrated and expressed, showing their close relationship and inseparability.
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Lampshade is made of simple bamboo structures covered in photovoltaic cells to prevent sunlight from entering its interior in the day, while lighting up intensively at night with solar energy enough to power a thousand lamps.
The installation challenges the perception of artificial light as an element that is dependent on its energy source, and invites visitors to discover links in harnessing sunlight and the eventual electric light.
Angels of Freedom
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Five sets of giant, colourful wings invite visitors to come close and interact with the symbolic angels. This installation seeks to remind visitors of their true selves and to always remain connected to loved ones and those who matter.
Inspired by the form and behaviour of lightning, the installation comprises an intricate network of LED tubes resting on steel legs that flare up when touched. Bolt not only mimics the ethereal nature of lightning, but also allows people to experience direct visceral connections, creating an emotional ‘spark’ that seems to be diminishing in today’s virtually-connected world.
Location: Mist Walk
Groove Light generates geometric shadow patterns when a point light source is shone through five 3D printed lanterns, creating a carpet of light giving physical dimension – in the complex forms of the lanterns – to virtual projections. The suspended lanterns are positioned with precision to create a continuous lightscape which visitors can modify by moving the lanterns.
Very Wishing Exhibition 2.0 is an interactive light typography installation of light balls, glow sticks and lighted bottles. Join in with the artist and let your imagination go wild to create your dreams and share your ideas with free play of the materials provided.
Beyond light art installations, anchoring the festival is a myriad of activities with weekly highlights set to keep crowds returning. Families can bond through a timeless carnival by Uncle Ringo and an outdoor camping trip under the city skyline; music lovers can groove to the beat of roving drums and music performances; while foodies can enjoy the wide array of offerings from gourmet market PasarBella, food trucks and craft beer festival, CRAFT Singapore 2016.
i Light Marina Bay will open from 4 to 27 March 2016, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with an extension to 12.00mn on Fridays and Saturdays, around the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Admission is free.
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