It is claimed Asia’s only sustainable light art festival. The festival is held in Singapore, at the Marina Bay waterfront. The i Light Marina Bay 2014 festival features innovative and environmentally sustainable art installations, each designed by artists from local and worldwide. This year, the installations themed “Light+HeART”, conveying the message of sustainability in an engaging way through delightful forms and designs.
This year, the festival starts from 7th-30th March 2014. The lighting time starts at 7:30PM and ends at 11:00pm and the admission is free. Singaporeans and locals come here to celebrate and enjoy the uniquely designed light installations. The route starts from the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, the Marina Bay Sands and ends at the Marina Boulevard.
In designing the light installations, the participating artists incorporate the use of recyclable materials. It is to promote an environmentally-responsible behaviour. Each installations use an energy-efficient lighting too.
Visitors can also enjoy other activities and events such as performances using lighted materials, flea market, and outdoor dining experience. Guided tours are also available on weekends for free.
The best walking routes for those who are not joining the guided tour, start from Esplanade Theatres on the Bay towards the Marina Boulevard or vice-versa. The installations are divided into 2 sections, section A: starts from Marina Bay Sands and ends at Marina Boulevard; or section B: starts from Marina Bay Sands and ends at Esplanade Theatres.
My favourites from all are the Giant Dandelions and the Cloud, each designed by a French-Filipino artist ‘Olivia d’Aboville’ and Canadian artists ‘Caitlind r.c Brown and Wayne Garret’. Both send out the meaning of inspiration, magic, beauty and hope.
Visitors can also interact and play around with the installations, such as at ‘The Pool’. The installation allows the visitors to play and move around to create swirling effects of light and colour on a group of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. This circular pads change colours as one hops on them.
The whole festival is a fun, quirky, and creative event in which everyone can enjoy. I’m sure, this year i Light Festival will follow the previous years success.
Date: 7th-30th March 2014
Time: 7.30PM – 11:00PM daily
How to go there:
- From Esplanade : Take MRT to Esplanade Station (Circle line, line yellow) and start walking from Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands until Marina Boulevard.
- From Downtown Line : Take MRT to Downtown Line (Downtown line, line dark blue) and start walking towards the Marina Bay Sands, ends at Esplanade.
- From Marina Bay Sands: Take MRT to Bayfront (Circle line, line yellow), you can choose either to walk along route A or B, each ends at Downtown Line MRT or Esplanade MRT.