Marina Bay – iLight Festival 2012

This is the second edition of iLight Marina Bay, and will be held from 9 March to 1 April 2012. Themed “Light Meets Asia”, the sophomore will feature more than 30 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations, with a strong focus on works from Asia. Here are some of my favourite installations :)

Coral Garden by Olivia d’Aboville (Philippines/France) – Coral Garden raises awareness about efforts to reform damaged reefs. It is an installation of coral-like sculptures made of re-used cocktail stirrers which promotes the beauty and importance of coral in the functioning of natural ecosystems. The cocktail stirrers are a symbol of consumerist society, which is indicted as an element polluting our seas.

Light of the Merlion by OCUBO (Portugal) – Light of the Merlion pays tribute to the Merlion, which was inaugurated in 1972. As a light celebration of this symbol and connecting with the festival theme “Light Meets Asia”, Light of the Merlion creates a memorable experience through light projection over the surface of the sculpture. This festival commission minimises waste and consumption through the re-use of materials.

Bibigloo by BIBI (France) – In the artist’s words, the Bibigloo is an “architectural postmodernist Inuit concept”. Composed of 250 polyethylene jerry cans, it presents itself as a contemporary replacement for the conventional ice igloo. BIBI’s work is a delightful synthesis of land art, design and light installation, and manages to raise awareness about global warming and melting ice-caps.

Planting Shadows by Vertical Submarine (Singapore) – Planting Shadows was first created for an exhibition at Singapore’s Botanic Gardens in 2009 as a field of grey sunflowers. For i Light Marina Bay 2012, the collective has adapted the work for a night time installation, creating a landscape of night-blooming plants in the CBD using energy-efficient LED lights.

All-in-all, we had a really enjoyable evening starting with dinner at Level 33, followed by a walk around the bay to enjoy the iLight Festival. Looking forward to returning here to visit the other installations on the other end of the bay.

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