Surely the news of i Light Marina Bay have been circling your social media feeds.
It may be overwhelming what with as many as 22 art installations sprawled over a wide region extending from Promenade to Bayfront MRT. Don’t fret. We got you.
If you’re wondering how to manoeuvre this massive outdoor festival and not wanna miss out on any, choose your route so you can soak up all the art installations. Or you can be selective and spend more time on the ones that interest you the most.
Be sure to scroll through the whole article to check out how to win flight tickets via the i Light IG contest, the pros and cons, Festival Hubs and more info!
How to get there?
That really depends on where you’d like to start.
Raffles Place, Downtown, Marina Bay, Bayfront, Promenade, City Hall, Esplanade
The most common route is if you alight at Raffles Place MRT and work in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise manner (see map) all the way back to square one.
Or you can split this adventure into 2 days. Cos trust me, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
This is the more happening side as it includes Gastrobeats, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, Silent Disco and Ilumi Bar.
This is the less congested route as it does not include, yes, Gastrobeats, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, Silent Disco and Ilumi Bar. However, this route boasts the highlight ArtZoo so parents may want to check out this route. (Alternatively, you can head directly to ArtZoo by alighting at Bayfront/ Promende MRT. This is if your only goal is getting your kids to the inflatable platform.)
Enchanting Art Installations on the Clockwise Route
(#17 on the map)
Not an apple or a giant peach. Located opposite Fullerton Hotel, this symbolic bright red heart takes the pulse of the city by sensing the light, temperature and even atmospheric pressure. Hence, it’s meant to reflect the heartbeat of the city literally and metaphorically, as well as, the love between the people.
Whareatua – Field of Dreams
(#16 on the map)
The mushrooms aren’t as big as they look on pictures. So you can forget about having an Alice in Wonderland moment.
The term “Whareatua” refers the native mushrooms from New Zealand. The ‘Giant Mushrooms’ are internally lit to commemorate our interdependent relationship and intimate connection with Mother Earth.
(#15 on the map)
Visitors are encouraged to tweet a sustainable message in line with i Light’s theme and hashtag: #mailbox #ilightmarinabay to see your account name and respective message displayed on the MailboX screen. Additionally, it is sound-sensitive and responds to the audiences’ cheers through visual patterns on the façade of the MailboX – changing emojis, etc. This is where you get your fix of awkward screaming.
Chandelier of Spirits
(#14 on the map)
Cold brew coffee bottles symbolise the hard-working and resilient spirits of Singapore’s working professionals. This artwork reflects Singaporeans’ love for coffee as an energy source that powers them through the day. Just like how coffee invigorates individuals, when you stand under the ‘tree’, the lights in the coffee bottles will also glow brighter and move faster to represent the power of unity.
(#13 on the map)
These ‘digital clouds’ are touch-responsible, changing colours based on the supposed moods of the people in contact with it. The design is meant to represent the beauty of human emotions and its fluctuations, similar to that of clouds that have an indefinite shape. Furthermore, it has another accompanying web app (klo-ud.com) to extend this experience into a digital interaction and virtual environment.
(#12 on the map)
This artwork aims to encourage relaxation through play by reminding visitors to take life slow and get in touch with the child in them.
(#11 on the map)
For the longest time, flowers have been associated with supernatural and magical properties. (Are you thinking about Frangipani flower stories?)
The installation of numerous giant orchids covered with delicate light will bring the viewer to a world of dreams and fantasies, where they can experience the visions of their childhood imagination. (So maybe, this is a less scary version that Frangipanis. All good, carry on.)
(#10 on the map)
This interactive and immersive sculpture welcomes visitors to walk in it and through it to activate the light animations and sounds – each configuration having its own distinct ambience. Its inspiration is derived from the artist’s readings on passage of life that contemplates on the natural process of life to death, as well as, the miraculous phenomenon of life from death.
(#9 on the map)
Inspired by Singapore’s iconic Lalang grass, the piece indirectly laments the diminishing flora and fauna due to the country’s rapid modernization and developments. It hopes to increase awareness to the theme of sustainability and protection of nature.
(#8 on the map)
This light illustration calls for audience engagement to be a part of its tentacle percussion ensemble. Comprising of 8 tentacle drums, people are encouraged to beat on the drums to activate various displays of colours –a visual and musical treat to both our eyes and ears!
(#7 on the map)
This artistic piece is a kinetic sculpture that portrays an abstract representation of a stingray and its movements.
You are now at MBS.
You can either continue all the way back to Raffles Place MRT, or stay in this area for the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival and Illumi Bar.
Wonderful excuse to come back to the festival and explore the rest on another evening!
Art Installations on the Anti-Clockwise Route
Assuming you alight at Raffles Place MRT and walk towards the opposite direction, the following will be the installations you see along the way, respectively.
Elements of Life
(#18 on the map)
This artwork narrates the universe’s basic elements: Air/ Wind, Water, Earth, Fire.
It brings the audience through a journey from space to earth and shows how simple life starts with a combination of these elements, and how each relates to one another, from its simplest form to the present and future.
Very Last Airbender. Much Captain Planet.
(#19 on the map)
The two freestanding panels of the illumaphonium suspend an array of more than a hundred illuminated chime bars each responding to touch with ever- changing patterns of light and sound.
These large scale, dynamic and electroacoustic sculptures have been developed with live audiences and come from both a deep belief in the value of participation but also a desire to remove the identity and presence of any human facilitators (including himself) from the participatory situation.
Milk Bottle Cows
(#20 on the map)
The installation uses production and consumption of dairy milk as a metaphor to imagine alternative technology and behaviour that could lead to a more efficient and sustainable future. It also promotes recycling and up-cycling by reusing more than two thousand plastic milk bottles, which is equivalent to approximately seven months’ worth of plastic waste generated by an individual.
The Butterfly Effect
(#21 on the map)
A society plagued by collective apathy can only be solved by recognising that environmental protection is not the responsibility of an establishment, but of the individual.
The Butterfly Effect utilises drums and a field of lights to represent this reassertion of the agency for change. As each drum is struck, a ripple of lights propagates across the field, from one to many.
(#22 on the map)
The installation encourages visitors to capture the movement of shedding leaves and its reflection, and invites the contemplation of a natural environment that connects water and wind.
Flawless interprets this phenomenon with a magic chemistry concept called photoluminescence; during the day, the pigments of the leaves absorb energy from the sunlight, giving them a bright green glowing colour at night. In this way, the installation is self-sufficient and self-illuminated.
(#1 on the map)
It resembles Singapore where diverse people live in harmony. As the glowing grass moves with the wind and artificial movements, it mimics a dancing grass field.
Visitors can have a special experience of immersing themselves in this larger-than-life grass field to touch, feel and hug.
Dancing Grass whispers, ‘Come and dance with me’. Exactly what we want to hear from grass.
Urban Rice Fields
(#2 on the map)
This is an immersive and interactive lighting installation inspired by the sustainable development of Singapore – a small, densely populated island with no natural resources, and yet managed to create an urban habitat that embraces the natural environment.
(#3 on the map)
This installation is made using plastic panels from vacuum bags, which are usually used to store clothing, so it takes up less space in closets. Packed within these bags are all kinds of transparent coloured plastic containers and LED lights. After removing the air with a vacuum cleaner, everything in the interior is reduced to a flat plastic plate containing other pieces of flattened plastic. Each of this panel is attached to the next using pins at the centre, forming rows of rotating strips.
Visitors may enter inside by rotating the panels so that each one will erratically move until they find their paths
(#4 on the map)
You would’nt think of Singapore as being the most polluted at something would you?
Well, we are.
In 2016, scientific journal Science Advances published an article naming Singapore the most light-polluted country in the world, a country in which 100% of the population is exposed to light pollution. Light pollution not only hides the sight of stars but also robs us of our privacy and a good night’s sleep as one’s surroundings are bright all the time.
(#5 on the map)
Inspired by Newton’s Cradle, Cradle2Cradle uses an emerging micro-generator technology which harnesses kinetic energy produced from the cradles and supplement the power required to illuminate the spheres of the installation
At this point, you’ll reach ArtZoo. So parents, this is probably your pit stop.
For the rest of you, you’re approaching the last installation before MBS and moving towards the other 11 installations, Illumi Bar, Gastrobeats, Silent disco and Prudential Marina Bay Carnival.
(#6 on the map)
The artistes explained that the museum building and the theme of sustainability had inspired their audio-visual experiments, elaborating on how “the city influences them, and they influence the cities”.
Take note: the projection does not run throughout the night but at 5 minutes intervals, with each sequence lasting only 3 minutes.
This is a large one so it can be seen from afar. That means if you take the anti-clockwise route and want to stop at ArtZoo, you can still see this mega star.
Before you go…
- Wear comfortable shoes. I cannot stress this enough.
- Get dinner settled unless you’re banking on food at MBS or Gastrobeats.
- Bring water
- Bring an umbrella/ poncho
- Bring an IG husband/ wife
- Load up on patience as there will be a lot of people who want that same hit on IG for #ilightmarinabay
This is not just to prettify your account but there are some awesome prizes to be won.
How to win:
- Instagram your most awesome moments at i Light Marina Bay 2018 – the more the merrier!
- Remember to include #ilightmarinabay in all of them!
- Follow @ilightmarinabay on Instagram
- Remember to set your profile to public!
3 of the most creative entries stand to win amazing prizes:
1st Prize: 1 Pair of Scoot Tickets to Osaka
2nd Prize: 1 Pair of Scoot Tickets to Taipei
3rd Prize: 2N Staycation at YOTEL Singapore
So hurry! Get busy on your Insta’ instantly for a chance to win!!
Contest ends 1 April 2018, 2359hrs SGT
Read Contest T&Cs here: goo.gl/c5sPGF
- Spacious: Spread out on a bigger space so there will be less crowd/ congestion
- Value Add: Festival Hubs and concurrent events (i.e. light show, flea markets etc) to enhance your experience
- Sustainable: The installations used recycled or up-cycled materials and energy-saving lightings. This environmentally conscious movement aims to encourage individuals to adopt go-green lifestyles and sustainable habits. Therefore, its distinct emphasis and message on sustainability makes it the leading sustainable light art festival in Asia.
- Massive: My sustainable light art festival is bigger than your sustainable light art festival.
- Rain on your festival: It’s all outdoor so unless you want to be singing in the rain, illuminated version, it’s best you check for weather updates so you won’t spoil your night.
- Traffic: Human traffic that is. For those of you who avoid crowded events, this can be challenging but if you plan your route right, your night be memorable and extremely pleasant.
More info on i Light Marina Bay:
Held since 2010, this yearly affair exhibits the magical transformation of Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay into an illuminated wonderland with enthralling light art installations and a captivating festive atmosphere.
Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), it aims to inject life and vibrancy into the Marina Bay site (despite its existing beauty) by creating a signature event that could capitalise on the area’s scenic and spacious environment. This became the perfect platform for major festival events, as well as, artistic showcases.
As Asia’s leading sustainable light festival, i Light is described by Jason Chen, the Festival Director and Director of URA, as the “integration of key elements of live, work and play through a sustainable experience”. This environmentally conscious movement aims to encourage individuals to adopt go-green lifestyles and sustainable habits.
This year, i Light will feature a total of 22 installations meticulously designed and produced by international artistes from 14 countries, as well as, many fringe activities for visitors to enjoy. There’s definitely something for everyone!
One last thing to note.
Check out more deets on these external event listings that are integrated seamlessly with i Light Marina Bay
Besides the light installations, there will also be another 4 festival hubs ongoing throughout the month of March till 1st April.
First, the highly anticipated Art-Zoo returns to The Float at Marina Bay with its giant and animated inflatables that are perfect for families with children or even adults who are simply young at heart!
Second, GastroBeats is back to give Singapore’s young and hip crowd a casual place to chill, eat and listen to live DJ mixes.
Third, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will continue its operations until 1st April with its thrilling rides and fun-filled games.
And lastly, there will be a new introduction of the IllumiBar, which is a pop-up bar serving the best drinks while soaking up Singapore’s beautiful skyline.
With such an extensive line-up of events and activities happening in Marina Bay, where else could you possibly be??
Also, is it just me, or do you also feel the sudden urge to create some recycled/ upcycled art?
What do you think of this post? Let us know if there are any events or things to do that you think should be featured 🙂