ilight Marina Bay

March 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | 1 Comment
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Any night this week if you have the time, do pop down to the Marina Bay area for your last chance to catch the Bi-annual iLight Festival, “Asia’s only sustainable light art festival that showcases innovative content, the intelligent use of lighting as well as an international line-up of creative talents….To promote an environmentally responsible behaviour for a sustainable future, the participating artists have incorporated the use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of their stunning light art installations. Every aspect of the festival will adopt a more effective and efficient management of resources to meet this commitment to the environment.”

I think to many layperson, the iLight Festival is just an event where you can view many beautifully lit-up art installations…hahah…Here are just some installations that Itchyfingers found more interesting…

Itchyfingers started our walk from the Esplanade area. Once there, you would be attracted to this one…

Titled, “Cloud”, it looked exactly like a piece of cloud from far…

Formed by energy-efficient bulbs, CLOUD invites strangers to come together beneath a dazzling raincloud and play

Viewers are encouraged to participate in this installation by pulling the switch. This is to “trigger a quantifiable shift within the greater aesthetic of CLOUD, visually highlighting the power of an individual’s ability to impact progress and achieve significant change.” 

Moving on, we saw a field illuminated by lamps…

Do they remind you of dandelions? Giant ones, of course…hahah

Titled, “Giant Dendelions”, viewers can walk freely through the 90 illuminated lamps, or light flowers…These “dandelions” were made from “close to 9,000 recycled water bottles that were cut and connected to one another by a nylon weave. Each flower was lit by an energy-efficient bulb in order to create intensity variations within the forest”. Actually the use of recycled bottled to make lamp is not new, and I think I have seen something like this before on the internet. But the artist’s idea is to use the exaggerated scale of the lamps as dandelions to create “an interesting landscape of light, and through the creative re-using of the discarded plastic bottles to send out a bigger message of inspiration and hope to the less-privileged.”

Just two weeks ago, Singapore experienced the worse drought since decades. So with a field of giant dandelions, I think some help would be needed to make sure they don’t dry out…hahah….

So we have these giant water pots to come to the rescue! 😀

And if watering is still not enough, try jumping into the pool to cool down! 😀

Titled, “The Pool”, this installation consists of  “a group of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. By entering The Pool, visitors enter a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and color. Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively. This installation is best enjoyed and is most beautiful when a group of people play with the different pads together.”

So you see Tisu Girl also joining in the fun!

From far you wouldn’t know what this collection of lighted cones and domes were. But walk to the other end, you would realise it was actually a crocodile! 😀 There were “warning signs” to alert people of the biting crocodile….hahahah

Can’t seem to find any information of this piece. This was one of the two huge inverted dishes with flashing LED lights inside. The effect was quite nice but it seemed to be taking too long to change colours and there were always some people standing under it for photos or selfies, thus preventing others from taking unblocked photos…I kind of lose patience and decided to move on…

There were many people crowding around the Helix Bridge, waiting for something to happen…It didn’t take long for us to find out what it was…

Ahhhh….light projection of local artists’ work on the Art Science Museum….But the image stayed for so long and nothing else happened…wondered why…

This looked like some flower or tree…Actually it was inspired by Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem. Titled, “Digital Wattle”, the changing colours represented “the new mix of cultures residing in the city”. Well, whatever it was meant to be, it just looked very pretty with the changing colours…hahah…

Then while shooting the Digital Wattle, the projection on the Art Science Museum turned alive! So, this was what kept people waiting!

Titled, “Celebration of Life”, this is a “playful commentary on the role and value of traditional culture in our contemporary society. Through the use of Pop-art as a playful medium in this work, this installation celebrates Asian values in our modern society through a tongue-in-cheek manner”

Beautiful! If you stand further away, you could even take in the Digital Wattle as a foreground…I shot some videos, but it turned out a bit shaky….hahahah

Do check out these timing for the projection! (8.15pm – 8.30pm – 8.45pm – 9.00pm – 9.15pm – 9.45pm – 10.00pm – 10.15pm – 10.30pm – 10.45pm)

The last installation we saw at the field in front of the Floating Platform was quite breathtaking too…

A giant fish net hung above…

Titled, “1.26 Singapore”, this installation “drew inspiration from laboratory research which documented the effects of the 2010 earthquake in Chile – the historic shock resulted in the shortening of the earth’s day by 1.26 microseconds. The colorful volumetric piece takes the shape of a tsunami sweeping across the ocean.”

Walk around it to better appreciate the changing colours and form as the wind blew on it…

iLight Marina Bay is ongoing until the end of March. Do take advantage of the cooler nights now to view the many light installation by artists around the world!

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  1. OMG! WOW! Simply amazing display of light artwork. Totally interesting. Really cool! Thanks for sharing, please keep more photos coming.

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