Now in its second edition, i Light Marina Bay is dubbed as Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival. I’ve missed the first i Light 2 years ago and made a point not to miss it again this time.
Spanning the entire Marina Bay area including the Merlion Park, Marina Promontory, the Float @ Marina Bay (a.k.a. Floating Platform), Waterfront Promenade and the area in front of the Marina Bay Sands, it consists of 31 light installations created by artists around the world. The installations made use of energy-efficient lighting and aim to create awareness of energy-saving lighting technology for the urban environment.
Due to the large area which the festival spans, I visited it 3 times in order to see and (try to) cover the installations. Here are a few which I found to be more interesting.
Light of the Merlion
For many years, the Merlion has been an icon of Singapore, and for this edition of i Light Marina Bay, OCUBO from Portugal has been commissioned to produce the installation titled “Light of the Merlion.” This is an interactive installation whereby the visitors can try their hands at “painting” the Merlion in colourful splashes of light using an interactive touch-screen display. The colours are then projected onto body sides of the Merlion’s body.
Garden of Light
Utilising 3D digital mapping technology, the Garden of Light is an animated projected onto 3 of the “petals” of the Lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum. It uses light and sound effects to tell a story about environmental sustainability and highlight the beauty of the natural world.
Created by Li Hui from China, The Gate uses many low-powered lasers framing a door, conveying the sense of entering another realm.
I also had the accidentally opportunity during an event organised by Marina Bay where during a toilet break, a few of us participants discovered that the “back” of the installation is just as interesting.
EnLIGHTenment is created by Edwin Tan from Singapore, and uses a series of multi-coloured light tubes to give the visitor a “Yes/No” answer after he presses a button at the console. It’s quite fun to stand and watch/photograph the visitors as the installation answers their questions. These are usually more fun than the installation itself.
There are many more installations (27 more to be exact) and I won’t talk about all of them here. Visit my Flickr Photoset to see more photos of other installations or visit the festival and soak in the atmosphere. i Light Marina Bay ends on 1 Apr 2012.