i Light Singapore 2023: A New Wave At The Sustainable Light Festival

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i Light Singapore is returning to Marina Bay from 1 to 25 June 2023. Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and presented by DBS, Asia’s leading sustainable light festival will transform the Bay into a visual playground new immersive light art installations and programmes that promise to delight the senses.

This year, i Light Singapore 2023 will expand beyond Marina Bay to two new locations – South Beach and Millenia Walk – to offer festival goers fresh experiences and bring the artworks closer to more people.

i Light Singapore 2023: A New Wave

i Light Singapore 2023 is curated to the theme of A New Wave and anchored on the colour blue – a wavelength on the visible light spectrum that is omnipresent in nature’s blue spaces such as oceans and rivers, and often associated with emotions such as calmness and serenity.

At the festival, visitors will be invited to reflect on the natural environment by immersing themselves in creative light art installations and interactive programmes, and be inspired to contribute to a more sustainable future.

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Artworks at i Light Singapore 2023

Behind this year’s line-up of artworks is a diverse group of local and international artists, along with budding student designers. 

Artworks at i Light Singapore 2023

One example is Glacier Dreams, a large-scale projection on the façade of ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands by renowned Turkish-American media artist Refik Anadol.

This artwork transforms visual data on the world’s glaciers into Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based multi-sensory narratives to raise awareness of rising sea levels and climate change.

Trumpet Flowers

Sydney-based art collective, Amigo & Amigo, will be presenting Trumpet Flowers at Clifford Square. 

The whimsical artwork celebrates the beauty of nature by surrounding visitors with towering flower sculptures ranging from two to six metres tall, and inviting them to play with interactive keys to compose a unique sound and light show inspired by their emotions.

Block Party

Singaporean collective Plug & Play invites visitors to dance and let loose in front of Block Party, an interactive installation where gardens bloom spontaneously over the facades of Singapore’s familiar public housing blocks in response to movement.

These interactive artworks aim to remind festival-goers of their power to make a difference to the environment.

Lightwave: Turning the Tide

In addition to the artworks, there will be a new immersive light experience at The Promontory, Lightwave: Turning the Tide, presented by Alibaba Cloud.

Here, festival-goers will be invited to embark on a journey to a future where rising sea levels have submerged humans in an underwater world.

Through compelling and thought-provoking light displays across three chapters, visitors can contemplate the repercussions of human actions on the environment, and reflect on how they can make a change to turn the tide.

i Light Singapore at South Beach and Millenia Walk

This year, the Festival will also host artworks at South Beach and Millenia Walk, in partnership with South Beach Consortium and Pontiac Land.

South Beach will host two student artworks.

i Light Singapore at South Beach and Millenia Walk

Bleached by students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media invites visitors to wander across a simulated ocean floor adorned with “seaweed” and “corals” that are either upcycled from single-use plastics or made from seaweed bioplastics developed by the artists themselves.

The ’reefs’ turn white when they sense movement, connoting the fate of marine ecosystems under threat from degradation.

Show III by students from James Cook University and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts makes use of audio-visual effects to simulate a shower experience and provide a space for self-contemplation, including reflections on our water usage habits.

Prism by Malaysian artist Jun Ong

At Millenia Walk, visitors can look forward to Prism by Malaysian artist Jun Ong, an installation that transforms from a natural light shaft in the day to a glowing beacon of artificial lighting at night, creating an ever-changing interplay of colours that evoke a calming experience for visitors.

i Light I Pledge

i Light Singapore will continue its partnership with susGain, a local social enterprise championing sustainability, on i Light i Pledge, presented by Alibaba Cloud.

This year, the public can pledge their commitment to eco-conscious practices through two initiatives.

Firstly, the Switch Off, Turn Up (SOTU) pledge calls for all to switch off non-essential lightings and turn up air-conditioning temperatures.

Extended to the public and schools for the first time this year, SOTU has been a key component of i Light Singapore since its inception in 2010, having most recently galvanised over 100 building owners, corporations and businesses to reduce energy consumption in the 2022 edition.

The second pledge, Be a Zero Hero, encourages all to adopt zero waste habits such as reducing usage of single-use items.

For each pledge submitted by participants up to the first 5,000 pledges, All Clear – a sustainability enterprise providing offshore and ocean clean-ups – will remove 100g of waste from Singapore waterways. As such, up to 500 kg of waste will be removed as an outcome of the pledge.

The public can also stand to win attractive prizes by taking part in i Light i Pledge, presented by Alibaba Cloud.

Visiting i Light Singapore 2023

Mr Lim Eng Hwee, Chief Executive Officer, URA said, “We look forward to enlivening Marina Bay once again with the return of i Light Singapore. This year, visitors can immerse themselves in a brand-new line-up of creative artworks. At the same time, I encourage everyone to take a pause to contemplate our relationship with the environment. Through their experiences with the delightful artworks and programmes, we hope that visitors can be inspired to embrace sustainability as part and parcel of our everyday lives.”

i Light Singapore 2023, presented by DBS, will be held from 1 to 25 June 2023, 7.30 pm to 11 pm daily with extended hours to 12.00am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is free, while charges apply for certain programmes. More details are available here.

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