Sustainable Art Brightens iLight Marina Bay

Monique Cousineau, Social Media Specialist for Philips Lighting North America covers Singapore’s iLight Marina Bay in this recent blog entry. Please see below for full entry:

Celebration of Life by Justin Lee displayed at iLight Marina Bay in Singapore. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

Singapore’s iLight Marina Bay is Asia’s only sustainable light art festival. Created in 2010, this biennial festival has a lot in store for its third edition: 28 creative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world are set up along the 3.5 km-long promenade at the Marina Bay waterfront. The artworks come from 10 countries including the Netherlands, China, England, Canada, France and United States.

This year the three-week light festival promoting environmental sustainability has selected the theme ‘Light + HeART’ to convey that “in the heart of the sustainability matters, is the matter of the heart”. iLight Marina Bay runs nightly from March 7 to 30th.

Celebration of Life by Justin Lee
Celebration of Life by Justin Lee integrates Asian art with contemporary symbols. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

One of the main attractions is Celebration of Life by Justin Lee. The exquisite 3D projection mapping, on the façade of the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum, is impossible to miss. Effervescent multicolored animation projected on the blossoming flower-like waterfront landmark blends traditional Eastern iconography with modern-day symbols. It alludes to the role and value of traditional Asian culture in today’s contemporary society.

We HeartLight by Light Collective was created by students in Singapore to emphasize the role of education in guiding the future generation towards a more sustainable future. About 200 local students made a simple light box, personalized with images and text, with red as the predominant color for half of the boxes. When assembled together, the light boxes make up the installation, #WeHeartLight.

We HeartLight by Light Collective
Student project We HeartLight by Light Collective attracts visitors at the iLight Marina Bay. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

Wishing Tree by The Living! Project represents the positive hopes and dreams of visitors wishing the best for our world. In a very poetic and personal way, it encourages everyone to imagine what their perfect world could be like and wish for it by writing their message on a tag-like banner. Then that message is attached to the tree as a symbolic leaf.

Wishing Tree by The Living!
Left: Visitors at iLight Marina Bay look up at Wishing Tree by The Living!. Right: A mother with child jots down her wish. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

iSwarm by SUTD is a sea of floating LED strands representing a swarm of luminous sea creatures. Through motion sensors attached to the railing of the dock, the LEDs detect human presence and react to the visitors by greeting them with subtle modulation of its light patterns.

Philips LED lighting helped in creating this inspiring light installation.

According to the team from SUTD’s, “Our partnership with Philips Lighting enabled us to take the exhibit to the next level, and we hope it makes people think about what light can do,” said Thomas Schroepfer, Associate Professor and Associate Head of Pillar Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

SUTD’s work utilizes 1600 color changing LED nodes along 32 strands of Philips Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX lighting fixtures. The strands are designed to provide extraordinary effects without the constraints of shape or space. View VIDEO below.

iSwarm by SUTD
iSwarm by SUTD uses Philips LED lights. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

Because you are never too young or too old to want to make a difference in the world, a bunch of these light installations are geared towards children.

The Pool by Jen Lewin is a fun installation that allows visitors to step into the playful world of this visually enticing illuminated carpet. Made of 100 interactive circular pads, everyone is invited to walk, skip and jump on these disc-like platforms to create swirling effects of light and color. As someone steps on them the circular pads change colours.

The Pool by Jen Lewin
Visitors at iLight Marina Bay interact with The Pool by Jen Lewin. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Cheong and Sonny Windstrup is a multi-player game with 27 LED cubes instead of the usual 9 squares drawn on paper. By touching a digital monitor, teams of two players, go up against each other to get three in a row.

3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Cheong and Sonny Windstrup
Visitors challenge each other to a game of 3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Cheong and Sonny Windstrup. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

Flash by Nathan Yong is a giant red ring that is illuminated inside. Visitors are invited to interact with the sculpture and to make up their own interpretation of the installation.

Flash by Nathan Yong
A woman jumps through Flash by Nathan Yong. (LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

Happy Croco by French artist Bibi is a luminous 20 m long sculpture of an urban crocodile made of traffic cones, LED cords and plastic domes. Two types of LEDs and low energy light bulbs are used as a reminder of our relationship to our environment and also to illustrate the waste we produce.

Happy Croco by French artist Bibi(LEDinside/Philips Lumec)

And for those that are looking for a unique perspective of the key light art installations, boat rides bring you sailing through Marina Bay to admire the installations from the water.


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