i Light Singapore’s celebration of sustainability brings luminous works of art to the Singapore River, Marina Bay and the Civic District.
Southeast Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival is back to illuminate the Lion City’s nightscape with radiant works of art from all across the globe.
First held in 2010, i Light Singapore is an annual celebration that brings people from all walks of life together by shining a light on art and sustainability.
The upcoming eighth edition of the festival promises to be a visual extravaganza, with more than 15 sustainable light art installations spread across two main festival hubs from 6-29 March 2020.
A journey of light, space and time
2019’s festival marked a special occasion for the nation, with the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration looking back on seven centuries of heritage, from its 14th-century status as an ancient port of call named Temasek to the turning point of 1819, which marked the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on Singapore’s shores.
While i Light Singapore is traditionally held in Marina Bay, the special bicentennial edition saw an expanded presence across the city, with art installations lighting up the Civic District, the Singapore River and Raffles Terrace in Fort Canning Park.
As the anchor event of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, the festival featured an immersive, multimedia float show, aptly taking place on the historic Singapore River. An immersive spectacle of light, sound and water, this poetic landscape of sculptures and fountains beckoned visitors to explore Singapore’s evolution from fishing village to global metropolis.
Fantastic artists and where to find them
2019’s festival theme—Bridges of Time—invited visitors to explore connections across space and time. Artists and festival-goers engaged with the Lion City’s history, and its connection with the rest of the globe over the last 700 years.
Visitors were treated to a visual extravaganza at the festival, which recorded 249 art proposal submissions from 36 countries across the globe. Highlights included City Gazing Singapore, an installation by Dutch artists Mingus Vogel and Justin Bruns that suspended a breathtaking map of Singapore over The Lawn@Marina Bay.
The festival also marked a return exhibition from Singaporean industrial designer Lee Yun Qin, whose 2017 installation, Moonflower, employed 800 solar-powered LED bulbs to turn the Bay area into a luminous garden. Yun’s work for the bicentennial edition—titled The Rainbow Connection—featured a kaleidoscope of solar light modules, powered by solar energy and made from upcycled materials. The latter comprised 800 used cookie tins, designed by members of the public over 12 pre-festival workshops.
A platform for budding artists
Besides showcasing works of brilliance from veteran artists, i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition served as a platform for students and young artists to display their creativity and craftsmanship.
2019’s festival marked the launch of the inaugural i Light Student Award, which showcases the best sustainable light art installations from students across the globe. The top five entries were picked from 48 submissions, involving 115 students spread across nine countries, including Singapore and China.