Travel Guide

i Light Marina Bay

This March, be ready to marvel at the Marina Bay night skyline when i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival, returns to illuminate our city with its vibrancy.

Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the festival will showcase 30 visually arresting and environmentally sustainable light art installations by artists and designers from 17 countries.

Spark your imagination with Key Frames, a multimedia light and sound installation from Lyon’s internationally renowned Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights), which will be sure to thrill audiences as it did in Lyon last December. 

In line with this year’s theme “Light Meets Asia”, 21 of the 30 artworks are created by artists and designers based in Asia. They include Thai sculptor Be Takerng Pattanopas, whose work Gap the Mind makes use of the visual language of Thai culture to create a sense of tranquility in the urban environment; and Hong-Kong based LED artist Teddy Lo, whose LED light work MEGAPOV explores the subject of global sustainability and draws attention to concerns of rapid growth in 21st century Asian societies.

Gap the Mind

Ten Singaporean artists will also be featured at the festival. Making up the Singaporean line-up are installation artist Angela Chong, whose contemplative installation Tree Stories draws on the history of Singapore’s parks and green spaces, and leading sound artist Zulkifle Mahmod, whose interactive work Deck Journey invites visitors to recline on lit deck chairs and enjoy views of Marina Bay while listening to a specially created soundscape.

A festival highlight is After Light, a towering installation which features 26 shipping containers, some of which will be mounted with projection screens showing film footage shot in Singapore specially for the festival. Four containers will also contain interactive art installations presented in collaboration with Singapore’s LASALLE College of the Arts and School of the Arts, and the New Zealand-based art collective Interrupt.

Key Frames, an installation from France's Fête des Lumières

i Light Marina Bay presents a great opportunity for locals and tourists alike to contemplate and interact with the light art installations while exploring our city’s waterfront. In addition, one of the festival's key objectives is to promote the awareness and usage of energy-efficient technology in creating a more sustainable urban environment.

Venue: Marina Bay Waterfront. You can view the festival map here.

Date: 9 March to 1 April 2012
Time: Nightly, 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm 

There will be a series of events, workshops, and talks hosted by i Light. View the Event Calendar here.


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