From large scale projections to interactive installations, i Light Singapore 2023 is set to delight the senses.
18 May, 2023
i Light Singapore, Asia’s leading sustainable light festival, is set to return to Marina Bay from 1 to 25 June 2023. Presented by DBS and organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), this year’s festival promises to transform the bay into a captivating visual playground. With the theme of A New Wave, the festival will focus on the colour blue, symbolising nature’s blue spaces and emotions such as calmness and serenity.
Visitors can look forward to a new lineup of immersive light art installations and interactive programs, inviting them to reflect on our natural environment and inspiring them to contribute to a more sustainable future. In an effort to reach more people, i Light Singapore 2023 will expand to two new locations: South Beach and Millenia Walk.
The festival will showcase the works of a diverse group of artists, including local talents, renowned international names, and aspiring student designers. These artists have drawn inspiration from the colour blue and employed innovative technology to create enthralling pieces that evoke immersive experiences. Here are seven not to be missed.
Located at the entrance of Marina Bay Link Mall, Block Party is an interactive installation by Singaporean collective Plug & Play that explores the relationship between humans and the environment. Visitors engage in collaborative placemaking through dance, with familiar Singapore public housing blocks reacting to their movements. As participants interact, the buildings transform and gardens bloom, reminding us of our ability to shape our surroundings and promote sustainability. This lighthearted experience calls upon individuals to take responsibility for the environment and work towards a sustainable future.
Located at Clifford Square, Trumpet Flowers by Sydney-based art collective, Amigo & Amigo, offers a captivating experience where visitors enter a vibrant musical garden. Interactive keys control towering musical and light instruments, allowing guests to create a unique floral symphony. Inspired by gramophones, these oversized flowers that range from two to six metres tall periodically come alive with a specially commissioned musical score performed by talented jazz musicians from Sydney.
Glacier Dreams is a large-scale projection on the façade of ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Using visual materials from public data and glacier images collected by Turkish-American artist Refik Anadol, the project creates AI-based multi-sensory narratives to raise awareness on climate change and rising sea levels, while also contributing to glacier research.
At The Promontory at Marina Bay, visitors will be transported to an underwater world to contemplate the repercussions of human actions on the environment. Through three chapters of multi-sensory light experiences, Lightwave: Turning the Tide, presented by Alibaba Cloud, aims to inspire visitors to make a positive change and reverse the course of destruction.
Show III by students from James Cook University and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts makes use of audio-visual effects to simulate a shower experience. This shower experience without water at South Beach prompts reflection on water usage and offers an escape from the city’s hustle, encouraging a worry-free environment.
Another exhibition at South Beach is Bleached, by students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media. By simulating a seabed experience, visitors can explore an illuminated seascape decorated with ‘seaweed’ and ‘corals’. These elements are crafted from seaweed bioplastics or upcycled single-use plastics. When sensing movement, the ‘reefs’ temporarily turn white, reflecting coral bleaching caused by global warming and serving as a poignant reminder of our environmental impact.
Over at Millenia Walk, visitors can look forward to Prism by Malaysian artist Jun Ong. Inspired by the emotional impact of pure forms and purposeful lighting, it features truncated pyramids with dynamic translucent surfaces. The artwork transitions from natural light during the day to interactive artificial lighting at night, inviting visitors to experience the calming and healing world of chromotherapy through its three-dimensional geometry.
Mr. Lim Eng Hwee, CEO of URA, expressed excitement about enlivening Marina Bay once again and encouraged visitors to contemplate their relationship with the environment. Through the delightful artworks and programs, I Light Singapore 2023 aims to inspire visitors to embrace sustainability in their everyday lives.
Prepare to be mesmerised as i Light Singapore 2023 illuminates Marina Bay, South Beach and Millenia Walk with its stunning light art installations and thought-provoking experiences.
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