The UrbanWire team heads down to i Light Singapore 2023 to check out the light installations and programmes on show.
The annual i Light Singapore returns this year for its 9th edition with two new locations, in a bid to showcase the artworks to a wider audience.
i Light Singapore is Asia’s leading sustainable light festival that showcases light art installations created by Singaporeans and international artists held in Marina Bay. The artworks are designed with environmentally friendly materials to encourage eco-consciousness in our everyday lives.
This year’s theme, titled ‘A New Wave’, features 14 installations by 22 artists from eight countries. 11 of these remarkable artists are representing Singapore, adding a touch of local brilliance to this global artistic showcase.
Mr Jason Chen, the festival director and director of place management at Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said, “A New Wave encourages festival-goers to reflect on the condition of our natural environment and our relationship with it, as we enter a new era of technology and advancement.”
Here’s what you can look forward to:
Location 1 – South Beach
We were captivated by this artwork as it was designed to detect our movements and touch, causing it to temporarily turn white, symbolically referencing coral bleaching.
During an interview with Mr Chen, we asked him about his favourite showcase this year. While he could not make up his mind as it “is like asking a parent to choose a favourite child”, he highlighted an artwork by student artists from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and James Cook University, titled ‘Show III’.
“The experience of ‘showering’ without water is certainly unique, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder for visitors to reflect on their water usage,” said Mr Chen.
Location 2 – Millenia Walk
Location 3 – Marina Bay
After visiting the two locations, we eventually arrived at Marina Bay, where a plethora of installations awaited us.
Fun fact: As we were leaving the Block Party, the blocks on the projection bowed to us, as a way of thanking us for our visit.
After a long walk, our visit ended with a bang when we visited the Glacier Dreams at the Façade of ArtScience Museum.
Through the captivating artworks and programmes this year, Mr Chen hopes to inspire visitors to reflect on our natural environment and our connection to it, fostering awareness of the adverse impact of human actions.
He added, “As always, we hope visitors can have a great time and forge memorable experiences at the festival. At the same time, we also hope that the festival [will] inspire visitors to adopt sustainable lifestyle habits and become good stewards of our environment”.
Overall, this year’s i Light Singapore festival was an enlightening and thought-provoking experience for us as it offers many captivating and interactive art installations that made us think about our environment and the roles we might play to be good stewards of it.
If you have yet to plan your weekend date, this festival is a perfect option especially since admission is free! However, charges may apply to certain programmes such as Lightwave: Turning the Tide, presented by Alibaba Cloud.
Jot down the details now so you don’t miss out on the fun!
Date: 1 – 25 June 2023
Venue: South Beach | Millenia Walk | Marina Bay
Time: Sun-Thu 7.30 pm-11 pm | Fri & Sat 7.30 pm-12 am