Here’s a peek at what to expect for i Light Singapore’s bicentennial edition in 2019

Returning in 2019 for its “bicentennial edition”, i Light Singapore will feature 31 sustainable light art installations and one multimedia show tied together by the theme “Bridges of Time”. Starting in January, the one-month event is set to kick off the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival on our island. As such, more than half the artworks are created by Singaporean artists or contain content related to our country.

City Gazing Singapore by VOUW – Mingus Vogel and Justus Bruns from The Netherlands. Image courtesy i Light Singapore

Mapped out from the Civic District to the Singapore River to the Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park, the route of light art pieces includes six bridges at the Marina Bay and Singapore River area for the first time. You know what that means: More photo-worthy spots at Elgin Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Esplanade Bridge, Jubilee Bridge, and The Helix Bridge.

Prospegtive Perspective by Carnation Kng Ni Xin, Low Jo Ann and Justina Teng Yimin from National University of Singapore.  Image courtesy i Light Singapore

In telling the story of the Little Red Dot, students from the National University of Singapore will present ‘Cenotaph for a Stone’ to show the decimation of the Singapore Stone in 1843, with an arrangement of 51 rock fragments that cause an explosion-like light effect.

If you’re strolling along the Marina Bay promenade, stop to gaze at the 3D light- and water-based hologram of sailboats by Studio Biangle from Estonia. Then head over to the Singapore River for a light, laser, and music show projected over the waters by Belgian group ACTLD.

Sails Aloft by Biangle Studio from Estonia.  Image courtesy i Light Singapore

Over at Fort Canning Park, which will feature the festival’s works for the first time, Taiwanese artist Dr. Huang Chin Fu’s ‘Land-pass Bird’ is made out of 30 birds with illuminated blue feathers, while an interactive piano work sits nearby, done by Mr. Beam from The Netherlands.

Other highlights include DP Architects’ ‘Why Green?’ showcase of 3D-printed greenery at Marina Bay Event Square and Clifford Square’s ‘Time Traveller’ by Indonesian artist Eko Agus Prawoto that’s inspired by bamboo fish traps.

Reflecting Holons by Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser from The Netherlands.  Image courtesy i Light Singapore


i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition is on from Jan 28-Feb 24, 2019 at Civic District, Singapore River, and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park.
Sun-Thurs 7:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm-midnight. Free general admission.

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