Created in collaboration with teamLab, Digital Light Canvas at Marina Bay Sands is a physical space where kids and adults can envelop themselves in an immersive playland surrounded by digital images. In November 2022, it received a revamp with two new experiences – Graffiti Nature and Sketch Factory.
Play at Digital Light Canvas, Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands’ Digital Light Canvas occupies the space that was once the skating rink. Now, the large circular location has turned over to dancing lights and changing images. Projected from above on to the floor, the digital artwork allows kids and adults to interact with them.
Kid play happily, chasing around the images, seemingly oblivious to the many people dining just a distance away at the Marina Bay Sands food court.
Suspended above Digital Light Canvas, crystal beads hang above, creating interesting shapes and formations using a patented 4D technology from teamLab.
teamLab is the Japanese art collective that is also behind Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum. You can see this space as providing a preview of the experiences you can expect at the interactive exhibition. Or now, with the new installations of Graffiti Nature and Sketch Factory, it is even more an integral part of the whole Future World: Where Art Meets Science experience.
Digital Art by teamLab: Graffiti Nature – Red List
Graffiti Nature is a new digital artwork that replaces the previous Nature’s Rhythm experience.
It is digital ecosystem of plants and animals, and of course, animated little humans scampering about on the circular LED floor.
To enjoy it, first head over to colouring tables and pick up a colouring sheet and colour in your own creation. Choose from a flower, reptile, insect or amphibian. Each of the colouring templates is based on an endangered species from the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, drawing attention to their plight. These include the Siamese Crocodile, Cave Racer Snake, Southern Torrent Frog and Borneo Birdwing Butterfly.
Once coloured, they can be scanned and “released” into Digital Light Canvas’s digital ecosystem. There you can be able to observe them interacting with all the other digital creatures. They will multiply if they eat others and disappear if they don’t eat enough or get eaten by others. It is a chance to see digital biodiversity in action.
Here’s a hint: colour your animals in bright colours and you may be in for a colourful surprise as they get chased around the Digital Light Canvas.
And there’s more.
After transforming your physical colouring sheet to a digital entity, you can transform it back to the physical realm to bring it home with you at Sketch Factory.
Head over to the Sketch Factory ordering terminal to create a personalised tin badge, tote bag or t-shirt as a unique souvenir.
These are priced separately and a nice way to have something take away from the Digital Light Canvas experience.
Visiting Digital Light Canvas
Even if you don’t want to enter into the Digital Light Canvas space, it is still interesting to stop by and have a look at the changing images.
You can watch the what’s happening from railing by the side of Digital Light Canvas or head up to the floors above for a broader perspective.
Digital Light Canvas is located at basement 2 of The Shoppes at the north zone of Marina Bay Sands, next to the food court.