i Light Marina Bay 2014: Light + heART


Who says that Singapore’s nightlife is quiet and lifeless? i Light Marina Bay has returned with more creative art installations that left both locals and tourists here in awe and wonderment. That hazy night was my first encounter with i Light Marina Bay, a biennial festival that showcases sustainable light art by both local and international creative artists. This festival really adds vibrancy to our art scene here.

The theme of this year’s festival is Light+heART where 28 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world will be featured along Marina Bay waterfront. The first question that popped right out of my head when I read about i Light is, “Aren’t we wasting energy?” The light art installations uses LED bulbs that are powered by alternative energy.

In conjunction with this festival, the  “Switch Off, Turn Up” campaign is also conducted where stakeholders in and around Marina Bay are invited to switch off non-essential lighting whenever possible and turn up air conditioning temperatures during the i Light Marina Bay festival period. This energy efficiency campaign is designed to offset the energy used by the light art installations.

I guess this festival not only celebrates creativity and art but it also brings about environmental awareness and encourages environmentally-responsible behaviours in people for a sustainable future. We could now better appreciate the beauty of light and its importance in bringing us joy and convenience into our lives.

We are fortunate enough to have resources to put up a festival like i Light as compared to the people living in other parts of Asia. Some might not even have access to electricity to light up their homes. While we are able to enjoy interacting and taking pictures of the light art installations, we should also appreciate the fact that energy is readily made available for us to use here in Singapore.

by Uno Lai 

Happy Croco

by Meinhardt Light Studio (MLS) Pte. Ltd

By Professor Thomas Schroepfer and Professor Suranga Nanayakkara

The Wishing! Tree
by The Living! Project

I made a wish!

The Land of Reverie
by Sheryl Ng and Nigel Ho

Digital Wattle
by Out of the Dark

Celebration of Life
by Justin Lee

Caitlind R.C Brown and Wayne Garrett

1.26 Singapore
By Janet Echelman

Giant Dandelion
by Olivia d’Aboville

What is it made up of? Let’s take a closer look again.

Made with 9,000 recycled water bottles

i Light Marina Bay 2014 will open nightly from 7 to 30 March 2014, 7.30pm to 11pm, around the Marina Bay waterfront. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.ilightmarinabay.sg.

This is a weekly article contributed by Deenise Glitz for NRGLab, an alternative energy and science-driven company based in Singapore. Visit their website to find out more about their current energy projects.

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