i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition: Bridges And Connections Light Up The Night

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition: Bridges And Connections
Oriflammes by Sebastian Lefevre

The i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition, running from 28 January to 24 February 2019, kicks off a year of commemorations of Singapore’s past 200 years.

Light art installations - I Light Singapore 2019
Run Beyond, light art installation at Elgin Bridge

Themed “Bridges of Time”, this special edition of the sustainable light art festival shines the spotlight on the Singapore River and the Civic District, and stretches from Fort Canning Park to the Marina Bay.

33 light art installations are featured in the i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition and at the centre of it all is the multimedia show Bridges of Time.

Bridges of Time

Bridges of Time
Photo by Collaborate Creations, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority

Bridges of Time takes places on the waters of the Singapore River, between Boat Quay and the Asian Civilisations Museum. This spectacle makes use of light, music and visuals to tell the story of a traveller who seeks out a mythical island through time and space.


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The 10-minute show runs at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and with an additional show at 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

On the Trail of Light

Halo - I Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition
Halo by Michael Davis

Other light art installations at i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition include Halo at Esplanade Park. Its 200 “halos” represent Singapore’s past 200 years and they ring together in an almost-hypnotic chorus.

Time Frame
Time Frame by DONIS

Under the Esplanade Bridge is Time Frame, a work that visualises the fast-paced world through a larger-than-life dashboard of real-time information.

I Light Singapore 2019
Oriflammes by Sebastian Lefevre

More installations await as the trail of light art meanders its way down to the Jubilee Bridge, around the Marina Bay and to the Helix Bridge.

Sails Aloft by Biangle Studio (Photo by Suki Singh, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
Sails Aloft by Biangle Studio (Photo by Suki Singh, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
City Gazing Singapore by VOUW (Photo by Suki Singh, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
City Gazing Singapore by VOUW (Photo by Suki Singh, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou and team from Guangzhou Academy (Photo by Gin Tay, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
Flower Clock by You Fan Zhou and team from Guangzhou Academy (Photo by Gin Tay, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)

Collectively, the i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition reflects on what it means to be connected at various levels, and in particular, Singapore’s connections with the rest of the world.

Map of I Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition Artworks
Map of I Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition Artworks

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition Festival Hubs

Terra Village (Image courtesy of I Light Singapore)
Terra Village (Image courtesy of I Light Singapore)

Complementing the art installations are five Festival Hubs. These can be found at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, The Lawn @ Marina Bay (close to The Promontory), The Incubator at Esplanade Park and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park.

Activities at the Festival Hubs include upcycling workshops, a pop-up cinema, recitals and more. Details can be found at the festival website.

Light to Night - Bicentennial Edition
The Arts House facade lit up for the Light to Night Festival 2019 – Bicentennial Edition.

i Light Singapore also coincides with the Light to Night Festival 2019 – Bicentennial Edition. The latter features light shows projected against the historic façades of Civic District buildings.

For more information on i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition, visit the festival website here.

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