Tuesday, February 21, 2012

EVENT: I Light Marina Bay 2012

Themed “Lights Meets Asia”, i Light Marina Bay 2012, the second edition of Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival will be held in Singapore from 9 March to 1 April 2012.

The event will showcase 30 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations by artists and designers from 17 countries and territories, with a strong focus on works from Asia. The art installations will be displayed along the Marina Bay waterfront, transforming the place into a magical space of light and color.

Festival Director, Ms Mary-Anne Kyriakou stated that the 30 artworks which will be featured in the event were selected from some 100 entries.

“We were thrilled that there was a significant increase in interest among artists to participate in this edition of I Light. Of these, 20 are new commissions especially designed for the Festival. We are confident that these artworks will not only create a visual feast that will inspire and capture the imagination of all our visitors, but also serve as a fitting testament to the importance of using energy-efficient lighting technology.”, she added.

In line with this year’s theme “Light Meets Asia”, 21 of the 30 artworks are created by artists and designers based in Asia. They include Cambodia-based artist Marine Ky, whose installation Receptacle challenges the rhythms of modern life and invites visitors to connect over shared experiences; Thai sculptor Be Takerng Pattanopas, whose work Gap the Mind makes use of the visual language of Thai culture to create a sense of tranquility in the urban environment; and a Hong Kong based LED artist.

Other artworks which will surely thrill the audiences include the interactive projection work from Portuguese multimedia design studio OCUBO called ‘Light of Merlion’ ,in which visitors will be able to cast colorful light projections on the surface of this iconic sculpture through an interactive touch-screen located at Merlion Park and ‘Key Frames” a multimedia light and sound installation from Groupe LAPS, a Paris –based design studio.

Mr Mark Goh, Deputy Director of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Place Management Department, remarked: “Not only do these 30 innovative light artworks collectively celebrate the unique qualities of Marina Bay’s night scape, they also draw attention to the importance of energy-efficient technology and the efforts that can be taken to ensure a sustainable urban environment for all. We look forward to welcoming both local and international visitors to explore the bay area with fresh perspective and enjoy the vibrancy of this exciting waterfront space.”

Apart from the visually arresting and interactive sustainable light art installations, visitors can also look forward to a full array of complementary programs and activities – including a night picnic and carnival, outdoor performances, guided light walk tours, educational talks and workshops.

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