Annual sustainable light art extravaganza, i Light Singapore, is back to illuminate your nights with its special bicentennial edition that runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019.
This year, i Light Singapore seeks to explore the subject of connectivity while reflecting on the country’s evolution through the years with the theme ‘Bridges of Time’. With a total of 33 immersive artworks presented by local and international artists, this edition will also see installations placed in historical locations at the Civic District, Singapore River as well as Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace for the very first time.
From 3D holograms to prismatic rainbow projections, here are 12 visual delights that you can’t miss.
Cenotaph For A Stone
By Bryan Joseph Cadag, Loo Quan Le, Zulkarnain Bin Mohd Zin
Location: Waterboat House Garden
Serving to reinterpret the possibilities of the Singapore Stone, Cenotaph for a Stone aims to retell a mystical folklore in Singapore’s early history. Comprising 51 rock-shaped fragments arranged on steel pedestals, marvel in awe as the perspective shifts to a time-warped explosion as you walk around its perimeter.
City Gazing Singapore
By Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns
Location: The Lawn @ Marina Bay
Ever wondered what an aerial night view of Singapore would look like? Utilising a special animation to achieve an overview effect, City Gazing Singapore sends you on a virtual journey back in time to witness the country’s development over the past century under the vast inky-black sky.
By Foo Hui Wen, Lim Yu Zhi, Yashini D/O Renganathan
Location: Breeze Shelter
Modelled after a spider’s web, Cosmic Web has been assembled with tunnel-like designs that allow visitors to enter within its structure. The idea stems from an aim to develop a person’s brief experience with isolation in a public space, while encouraging them to be curious about their surroundings.
By Uji Studios
Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
Taking inspiration from the selfie culture of today’s tech-savvy generation, Facey Thing is a satirical exhibit that uses facial tracking technology to create interactive pieces of art. Simply come into view of the camera and your face will be displayed on the screen upon detection – much like a spy television show!
By Michael Davis
Location: Esplanade Park
Aside from being a stunning visual splendour, this participatory piece also combines the use of audio and movements to create a sonic experience. Using 200 halo-like shapes that form vertical illuminated columns, HALO comes to life through different patterns of sound and light when interacted with.
Keys Of Light
Location: Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park
Encouraging participation from visitors, Keys Of Light features a piano which uses different musical notes to reveal projection art inspired by Singapore’s iconic architecture. As no player’s musical piece is alike, every performance generates a unique visual display that represents the connection between music, animation and architecture.
By Michel Martens and Jetske Visser
Location: Raffles House at Fort Canning Park
Witness the ephemeral combination between light and movement in Reflecting Holons, which uses transparent oil-like foils to reflect light within the space to mimic the shape of water droplets. The tear-shaped foil can be seen reflected on the ground and surrounding walls, making it a visual treat to remember.
By Biangle Studio
Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
Channeling the imagery of a ghost ship, Sails Aloft is a holographic snapshot inspired by the historic sampan panjang of the Orang Laut. Set in a 19th century sailboat race, the illuminated vessel has been designed to look as if it’s caught in the wind. Try catching a glimpse of its race boat counterparts when the hologram expands!
Shades Of Temporality
Location: Marina Bay Link Mall Entrance
Combining video painting technology and relatable digital content, Shades of Temporality allows visitors to leave a mark like a graffiti artist without breaking any laws. With an electronic paint roller in hand, you will be able to create your own personalised moving mural by virtually ‘painting’ videos onto the wall!
By Angus Muir
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Spanning across the entire space at The Promontory, Squiggle presents you with a fun and interactive experience that reflects the multicultural world we live in. Using little joysticks, you’re given the freedom to digitally control the colour, speed and direction of its 200-metre long fluorescent tubing, resulting in a twisting mass of mesmerising neon lights.
The Rainbow Connection
Location: Marina Bay Sands Trellises
Co-created with the community, this upcycled installation is made from reused cookie containers combined with solar lights to showcase a shifting prismatic projection amidst the surrounding darkness – a fantastical portrayal of the deep sea, the woods and the clouds coming together to form a rainbow connection.
With A View
By Superiore Design Associates
Location: River Promenade along Parliament House
As probably one of the most Instagrammable installations, be sure to snap a photo or two in front of this illuminated display of Singapore’s multicultural architecture influences. Made of parallel mirrors fixed together in the shape of nostalgic shophouse windows, With A View generates the illusion of a series of smaller reflections that seem to fade into a limitless distance.
Photo credits: i Light Singapore
i Light Singapore Bicentennial Edition runs from 28 January to 24 February 2019 at Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park’s Raffles Terrace. For more information, head over to www.ilightsingapore.sg