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LIGHTEN UP: THE BEST WORKS AT I LIGHT SINGAPORE

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 31 Jan 2019  

33 art installations and five programming hubs collide at the ninth edition of i Light Singapore – spread across Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park. These illuminated (and highly Instagrammable) works were designed with energy-saving elements, a reflection of Marina Bay Sands’ own sustainability practices. The festival is part of Singapore’s bicentennial celebrations to mark 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in pre-independence Singapore – a key moment that led to the founding of the city-state.

Here, we take you on a photo trail of the best installations on show in the Marina Bay area
 

Night at the museum

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Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority
Or, more accurately, spend your night admiring the façade of ArtScience Museum as it transforms into the Lighthouse of Time – a sculpture of dancing lights and shadows that alters the viewer’s perception of space and time. 
 

A wrinkle in time

Shades of Temporality
Moving images are a visual manifestation of time, as multimedia art collective SWEATSHOPPE (USA) wants you to know. In Shades of Temporality, the boundaries between spectator and creator are blurred as visitors use electronic paint rollers to create moving murals in real time. Locate the installation at the entrance to Marina Bay Link Mall – just steps from Marina Bay Sands and, further down, the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay
 

Light it up, then gain perspegtive

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Suspended, upcycled cookie jars by the hundreds, each a canvas of colours and shifting shadows: this is Rainbow Connection (above left), an installation framing the ArtScience Museum – and it’s not just for looks. The work represents the social fabric that binds us all, regardless of race or background, and was produced in collaboration with social service organisations including Lions Befrienders and Yishun Health x Touch Community Services. 

We like nothing more than a little wordplay, and better yet if it stands for a good cause. Prospegtive Perspective (above right) takes the humble clothes peg – a familiar sight on bamboo poles protruding from Singapore’s HDB flats – and turns its function on its head. Set against the city skyline, the installation attempts to serve as a bridge into Singapore’s future.  
 

Scrawled lawns

Squiggle
It’s all fun and games at Squiggle, which features 200 metres of digital neon tubing splayed across The Promontory @ Marina Bay Sands, each artfully twisted using a steel framework. Be sure to locate tiny joysticks around the installation to alter the speed and colours of the installation; nothing quite beats interactive art, of which you’ll find plenty more by Japanese collective teamLab at Digital Light Canvas in Marina Bay Sands, and Future World in ArtScience Museum. 
 
iLight Singapore is on 28 Jan – 24 Feb. Entry is free. ilightsingapore.com. Sun – Thu 7.30pm – 11pm; Fri & Sat 7.30pm – 12am. 
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