5 spectacular sights at i Light Marina Bay 2017

5 spectacular sights at i Light Marina Bay 2017

Weekender Singapore·2017-02-21 12:59

This year’s edition brings twists to its light art installations and festival activities

On evenings from 3-26 Mar, the Marina Bay waterfront promenade will burst into a symphony of light and festivities as part of the annual i Light Marina Bay.

Beyond the 20 light art installations by artists from around the globe – and the yummy pop-up finds along the water’s edge – this year’s festival will feature even more activities, through which the public can also contribute to community causes.

Here are five stellar gems to look out for at the festival:

1. Giant inflatable animal playground

One of the three festival hubs, Art-Zoo will feature 11 mammoth-sized inflatable art installations as part of a play-garden. The large-scale interactive exhibit, located at The Float @ Marina Bay, will explore nature through the perspective of art in an imaginative landscape.

Visitors will get to roam through a giraffe maze, walk through the belly of a whale and dart through the legs of a towering spider. Part of proceeds from the sale of tickets to Art-Zoo will go to the Students Care Service and Focus on the Family Singapore.

Tickets are available at www.artzoo.sg.

2. Upcycled furniture you can take home

At The Fantastical World of eco.me – the second festival hub held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay – visitors can explore a recycling and upcycling marketplace, a kinetic energy playground and an urban garden.

Held from 3-5 and 9-12 Mar, this hub highlights upcycled furniture, namely 70 tables and 80 benches made of wooden pallets, as well as 300 colourful planters made of painted beer crate. After the festival, these items will be made available for public adoption. Donations will go towards the Culture Plus Fund.

The Fantastical World of eco.me will be held from 3-5 and 9-12 Mar.

3. Light art pieces to adopt

Like what you see? You may be able to spruce up your home with some of the beautiful light art at the festival. Linking the festival hubs together is a necklace of 20 light art installations along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Designed by artists from nine countries including Singapore, these pieces are created with energy-saving lighting or environmentally friendly materials.

After the festival, local artist Lee Yun Qin will be offering some 800 intricate stalks from her work, “MoonFlower”, for public adoption. Made of wire mesh and lit with a solar-powered LED bulb, each “moonflower” can be adopted at a minimum of $5, with all proceeds going towards the Garden City Fund.

Adopt a moonflower here.

Photo: Raffles College of Higher Education

4. Tunnel of light

Located at the Esplanade waterfront, beside the Makansutra Gluttons Bay, the Passage of Inner Reflection encourages people to interact with the artwork and establish an emotional connection to light – whether artificial or natural – within its spectacular reality.

This installation is presented by the Raffles College of Higher Education.

The Esplanade waterfront.

Photo: Danny Rose

5. Merlion gets a makeover

As the evening fades into night, head out onto the bay to see the iconic Merlion bathed in a magical illumination. “The Body of the Sea”, by the Danny Rose Collective from France, will create an extraordinary flowing dress for the Merlion made out of matter from the sea.

See the Merlion decked out various ‘outfits’ from a literal coral dress to a surreal skin of fish, shells and other marine creatures.

Merlion Park.

The i Light Marina Bay festival will run from 3-26 Mar, 7.30pm-11pm daily (12am on Fridays and Saturdays), at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade.

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