The year 2019 will mark 200 years of history for Singapore, and a slew of events have been lined up to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial milestone.
An anchor event to kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, i Light Marina Bay festival will return with a special i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition from 28 January to 24 February with sustainable light art installations curated to the theme “Bridges of Time”.
This festival will be the largest since it’s first edition in 2010 – expanding beyond Marina Bay to include the civic district, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.
Bridges Of Time
Next year’s edition has received the festival largest response ever to the call for artwork proposals – with over 249 submissions from 36 countries including Singapore in just 2 months.
Here’s a sneak peek of the installations you can expect at i Light Singapore next year.
One of the international light art installations to be featured at the upcoming Festival is “City Gazing Singapore” by artists Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns from Dutch design collective VOUW. The artists have specially designed the installation to resemble the map of Singapore.
By hanging the installation over an open space at The [email protected] Bay, this artwork will have lights programmed to show how the city has grown over time. Festival goers can stand beneath the artwork and turn their gaze upwards into the sky to view the illuminated outlines of our country.
Here’s a video of VOUW’s installation in Amsterdam:
The festival will welcome back Singaporean industrial designer, Yun, who enthralled us with her iconic light art installtion “MoonFlower” at i Light Marina Bay 2017.
Yun will be showcasing her new work called “The Rainbow Connection” which will feature islands of solar light modules in upcycled PET containers suspended in the air which will “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. Designed to be co-created with the local community, the installation will see members of the public and not-for-profit organisations join the artist at 12 pre-Festival workshops around Singapore to design 800 used cookie containers.
In addition, the festival also launched the inaugural i Light Student Award to provide local and international tertiary students a platform to present their own sustainable light art installations at the Festival.
Five student artworks – out of 48 submissions involving 115 students from nine countries (including Singapore) will be showcased at i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition.
More details on the line-up of the artworks at the Festival will be revealed soon!
Mark your calendars and get your cameras ready for 28 January – 24 February 2019 as i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will be the biggest one yet.
i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition
When: 28 Jan – 24 Feb 2019
Operating Hours: Sun – Thurs: 7:30pm – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 7:30pm – 12mn
(Header Image Source: i Light Singapore)