Sustainable light art festival i Light Singapore will return with 32 light installations by the likes of Daan Roosegaarde, DP Architects, Eko Prowoto, and many more. Here’s a preview!
7 December, 2018
Sustainable light art festival i Light Singapore will return to the Marina Bay, Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park areas in January 2019.
The festival takes the theme of ‘Bridges of Time’ and will feature a total of 31 light art installation and one multimedia show promised to be spectacular.
Billed as i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition, the event will kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration in 2019.
The 2019 edition of the sustainable light art festival delves into the topic of connectivity while reflecting on Singapore’s history, growth and relationships with the world over the last 700 years. At the same time, the artworks also aim to inspire all to come together for a sustainable future.
The 32 artworks are designed by artists hailing from 14 countries. Seventeen of these artworks are designed by Singaporean artists or feature content about Singapore.
“This special edition is especially meaningful as it forms part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration. The artwork line-up collectively reflects the Festival’s desire to bridge people, cultures and ideas through art and sustainability,” says Jason Chen, Festival Director and Director (Place Management) of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) which organises i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition.
He adds, “The light art installations will be strategically placed along the Festival route to bring everyone on the development journey of Singapore since the arrival of its earliest communities at the Singapore River.”
Here is a preview of 10 of the artworks:
Situated between One Fullerton -(a result of the development of the new city) and Clifford Pier (the old landing point for travellers who arrived in Singapore via the sea) Time Traveller by Indonesian architect Eko Prawoto stands tall between the old and the new as a bridge between generations.
Why Green? posits various species of plants in Singapore that give the country its identity. The installation will feature white 3D printed flowers that offer a glimpse into what our digital future could be.
City Gazing Singapore maps the city of Singapore as if it’s seen at night from a plane – only in reverse. With a special animation, the work will let visitors see how Singapore’s 100-year growth from grew from a handful of arterial roads into the international hub it is today.
DUNE is the landscape of light, which interacts with human behaviour by award-winning Dutch designer-artist Daan Roosegaarde. The hybrid of nature and technology is composed of hundreds of fibres that brighten according to the motions and touch of passing visitors, enhancing social interactions between humans and the landscape.
Cenotaph for a Stone serves as a reinterpretation of the Singapore Stone as what it was, what it is and what it could have been. The installation will comprise 51 ‘rock fragments’ on steel pedestals, with the 52nd pedestal being empty, hinting the only piece with its whereabouts known, currently residing in the National Museum of Singapore.
Good Fortune is a visualisation of rain inspired by emotions it causes in different cultures. In a city, rain is a troublesome companion to inconveniences in life, but in farmlands, the fall of the first raindrop is a moment of alleviation. This work is a compound of feelings caused by the phenomenon attempting to create a moment of reflection in our viewers.
Blowing bubbles makes people of all generations smile. Reflecting Holons showcases the ephemeral magic of light and movement of blowing bubbles. This indoor installation will fill the whole space with dancing reflections on the floor and the walls.
Squiggle is a 200-metre-long twisting mass of digital neon tubing on a custom built steel framework. The sea of twists and turns fills The Promontory@Marina Bay and allows visitors to interact with the installation using little joysticks that allow the change in colour, speed and direction – an abstract reflection of this very multicultural world we live in.
With a View is an artwork made of parallel mirrors in the shape of shophouse windows, creating a series of smaller and smaller reflections that appear to recede into an infinite distance.
Shades of Temporality combines video painting technology with content, exploring the themes of complexity, adaptation, social ecology, sustainability and temporality. Using electronic paint rollers and custom software, the audience will be able to virtually ‘paint’ videos, in real time, onto the wall, creating endless combinations of moving murals in the process.
The light art installations will be complemented with a dynamic line-up of programmes and sustainability activities in the different hubs of the Festival.
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