i Light Festival kicks off SG Bicentennial celebrations with 33 art installations

Flora Yeo
Contributor
“Lighthouse of Time” by Danny Rose. (PHOTO: Flora Yeo for Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Curated to the theme “Bridges of Time”, the i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition opened last night (28 January) to kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration in 2019.

From 28 January to 24 February, Singapore’s key districts – from Marina Bay to Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park – will be illuminated with 33 artworks comprising 32 sustainable light art installations and a spectacular multimedia show.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore, one of the key turning points in our history.

“The Cat in the Garden” by Loom Prod. (PHOTO: URA)

The 2019 edition of the sustainable light art festival delves into the topic of connectivity, while reflecting on Singapore’s history, growth and relationships with the world over the last 700 years. At the same time, the artworks also aim to inspire all to come together for a sustainable future.

For the first time, visitors are able to enjoy artworks on the six iconic bridges at Singapore River and Marina Bay, namely Elgin Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Esplanade Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and The Helix bridge.

Featuring artists from 15 different countries including Singapore, 17 of the 33 artworks are by Singaporean artists, or feature content related to Singapore. One such artwork is the “Cenotaph for a Stone”, an art installation by students from the National University of Singapore who emerged first in the inaugural i Light Student Award. The artwork at Waterboat House Garden aims to intrigue viewers with its deliberate arrangement of the 51 rock fragments to illustrate the decimation of the Singapore Stone in 1843.

“Cenotaph for a Stone”. (PHOTO: Flora Yeo for Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Other highlights include a large-scale 3D, light-and-water-based hologram of sailboats at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade; snippets of Singapore’s daily life projected onto the Merlion; and a display of upcycled cookie containers combined with solar lights to form a rainbow-coloured imagery, located at the Marina Bay Sands trellises.

Complete the trail with “Bridges of Time”, an immersive multimedia show that uses light, sound, lasers, and projection on water to tell a story of a universal traveller who sails through time and space to reach a mystical island.

The light art installations will be complemented with a line-up of programmes and sustainability activities that include a pop-up cinema, a mass yoga session, craft workshops and performances from various tertiary institutions.

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition runs from 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the Festival is free.

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