Singapore brings light to 2019

World November 15, 2018 10:00

By The Nation

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The I Light Marina Bay light art festival returns to Singapore in the new year with a special i Light Singapore Bicentennial Edition running from January 28 to February 24 on the theme “Bridges of Time”.

This festival invites artists and festivalgoers to reflect on Singapore’s history and growth, as well as the connection with the world through sustainable light art installations. Festivalgoers can also look forward to a larger scale as it expands beyond Marina Bay to include the Civic District, Singapore River, and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.

“As one of the country’s signature events, the festival has been a platform that bridges people, culture, and opportunity through art and sustainability since its inception. This special bicentennial edition will see an intensified effort to bring communities together, as a reflection of how the historic Civic District and Singapore River first drew people from different parts of the world here centuries ago. With the larger festival footprint this edition, visitors can look forward to a whole new experience as the core of our city gets illuminated with sustainable light art installations,” said Lim Eng Hwee, chief executive officer of Urban Redevelopment Authority, the organiser of the festival

The festival has received the largest response ever to the call for artwork proposals. In just two months, there were 249 submissions from 36 countries, including Singapore.

One of the international light art installations to be featured is “City Gazing Singapore” by artists Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns from Dutch design collective VOUW, who are participating for the first time. For this bicentennial edition, the artists have specially designed their installation to resemble the map of Singapore. To be anchored at The Lawn@Marina Bay, this dynamic artwork will have lights programmed to show how the city has grown over time. By hanging the installation over an open space, the artists hope to bring people from all walks of life beneath the artwork and turn their gaze upwards into the sky to view the illuminated outlines of the country.

The festival will welcome back Singaporean industrial designer Yun, who enthralled visitors with her light art installation “MoonFlower” at i Light Marina Bay 2017. Her new work titled “The Rainbow Connection” will feature islands of solar light modules in upcycled PET containers suspended in the air, which come alive as they sway in the wind. The use of solar powered lighting and upcycled materials for the artwork will help to remind visitors about the importance of sustainable development.

To further nurture and connect young artists with established ones from Singapore and the world through art and sustainability, the festival has launched the inaugural i Light Student Award this year. This provides opportunities for local and international tertiary students to come together in this sustainability cause, and present their very own sustainable light art installations. The festival received 48 submissions involving 115 students from nine countries including Singapore. Five student artworks – three winning and two merit entries – will be showcased at i Light Singapore  Bicentennial Edition.

More details on the lineup of the artworks at the festival will be announced at a later date.

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