We reveal the artists who will be lighting up Singapore’s Marina Bay precinct come March when Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival returns.
i Light Marina Bay, which was first held in 2010 to mark the completion of major developments in Singapore’s Marina Bay area, will be back to dazzle from 9 March to 1 April 2012.
The Gate (2007) by Li Hui, China
Parmenides I (2011) by Dev Harlan, USA
The line-up at this year’s sustainable light art festival promises to be even bigger, with 30 installations by artists and designers from 17 countries and territories. Of these, 20 are new commissions specially designed for the festival.
Receptacle (2012) by Marine Ky, France/Cambodia
With “Light Meets Asia” being this year’s theme, it’s also no surprise that more than two-thirds of the installations will come from this region. Some highlights include Cambodia-based artist Marine Ky, whose installation “Receptacle” challenges the rhythms of modern life and invites visitors to connect over shared experiences; and 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.
Tree Stories (2012) by Angela Chong, Singapore
BioShell (2011) by Shinya Okuda, Japan/Singapore
They will be joined by 10 Singaporean creatives, including Angela Chong, whose contemplative site-specific installation “Tree Stories” draws on the history of Singapore’s parks and green spaces; and leading sound artist Zulkifle Mahmod, who invites visitors to take a voyage of sorts on lit deck chairs while enjoying views of Marina Bay and a specially created soundscape in an interactive project called “Deck Journey”.
After Light (2012) by Storybox, New Zealand
Also not to be missed is a towering installation presented by the award-winning New Zealand-based production and design studio StoryBox. Located at The Promontory, “After Light” features 26 shipping containers, some of which will be mounted with projection screens showing film footage shot in Singapore specially for the festival. Incorporated in its repertoire is an interactive art installations done in collaboration with Singapore’s LASALLE College of the Arts and School of the Arts.
White Rain (2011) by Takahiro Matsuo, Japan
Bibigloo (2012 adaptation) by BIBI, France
Key Frames (2011) by Groupe LAPS, France
Top image: Gap the Mind (2012) by Be Takerng Pattanopas, Thailand
I Light Marina Bay will be held from 9 March to 1 April 2012. For more information, visit marina-bay.sg/ilightmarinabay