After a two-year hiatus, i Light Singapore will be returning for its eighth edition from 3 to 26 June 2022. Visitors can yet again immerse in the creative artworks of professional and student artists that hope to raise awareness of sustainability and inspire environmentally-friendly habits.
i Light 2022: Spark of Light
Each edition of the i Light Singapore festival starting this year will be anchored on colour from the visible light spectrum.
For 2022, the chosen colour is violet. Violet is the colour which has the shortest wavelength with the most powerful electromagnetic energy in the visible light spectrum. Violet is also a colour that signifies the awakening of the senses, akin to the spark of an idea in one’s mind.
Highlights at Spark of Light 2022
The artworks showcased at i Light this year are created by local and international artists who showcase their creative interpretations of topics that aim to encourage conversations about our lifestyles and consumption behaviour to build a more sustainable future
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Eyes of the Sea
This upcycled light installation highlights the issue of discarded plastic and how it is choking up the marine environment.
Alone Together by Ping Lim and Ian Grossberg
Created by Singaporean artist Ping Lim and her American collaborator, Ian Grossberg, this installation features an interactive projection that captures the familiar collective experience of living in isolation during the pandemic. The installation is inspired by the scenes of housing estates in Singapore and captures vignettes of private moments that tell a story of people’s lives when they were confined to their homes. Visitors are also invited to become part of this shared memory through real-time interaction using their own mobile phones.
This art installation is made of upcycled CDs which have been cast in shimmering light. The light invites reflection on the various memories which have been held by the CDs. This installation can be found at the Breeze Shelter.
Keep on Moving
Located along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, Keep on Moving not only references the many who go jogging around the water, but also is a nod to old-time chronophotography.
The Promontory at Marina Bay has been turned into a glowing scene with 500 light points which resemble fireflies. It is especially striking with Marina Bay Sands in the background.
Fallen by Nerdist x ARTINA
Another highlight is Fallen by South Korean artist group Nerdist x ARTINA. This installation features a projection mapping artwork on a recycled transparent dome and bubble wrap. The exhibit imagines the story of a jellyfish from space that crash-landed on Earth after consuming trash jettisoned into orbit by humans who ran out of disposal space. The artwork is a play on the current plight of excessive waste and the artist hopes to remind visitors of the effect of their lifestyles on the environment. It is located at the lawn next to One Marina Boulevard.
This quirky light sculpture at OUE Tower has been fashioned out of upcycled satellite dishes. At first glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell but look a bit closer and it may well invoke contemplation on the waste generated by today’s media-conscious society.
Does this light sculpture at i Light Singapore 2022 look like it has come out of the pages of Dr Seuss? If so, that’s because was inspired by his books! This is a kinetic sculpture made out of recycled materials and can be found at Clifford Square.
An installation by students from NUS, Re-Act at Queen Elizabeth Walk highlights the issue of climate change and how we need to rethink our relationship with water.
Discarded fish nets create an unusual landscape at Esplanade Park. This i Light Singapore 2022 installation was inspired by marine conservation efforts of the community in Smögen, a small Swedish fishing village.
Meet Me Under the Moon
End off your night walk at the glowing and interactive installation, Meet Me Under the Moon. It evokes the Mid-Autumn Festival and you can enjoy it’s meditative aura while taking a seat on cloud bench beside it.
A Multisensory Light Art Experience
Apart from the artworks, the Festival will also feature a series of other complementary programmes above the Marina Bay waterbody at the Lower Boardwalk. Named “Lightwave: Isle of Light” visitors will board a specially constructed floating pontoon for a multi-sensory journey.
There will be five unique zones with immersive features such as holographic projections, illuminated motion-capture graphics and shadows, to light beams that are made to replicate a mystical forest.
Tickets to Lightwave: Isle of Light can be purchased from Klook from 5 May 2022 at the link here.
Each weekday ticket is $8, and each weekend ticket is $10. Bundled tickets at discounted prices are available.
i Light Singapore 2022, presented by DBS, will be held from 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm daily with extended hours to 12.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, while charges apply for certain programmes.
Lighting Up Marina Bay
Mr Lim Eng Hwee, Chief Executive Officer, URA said, “The return of i Light Singapore will bring back buzz and vibrancy to the city centre, as Singapore progressively eases safe management measures and moves towards living with COVID-19. We hope this year’s lineup of artworks and programmes will further invigorate Marina Bay and bring cheer and delight to festival-goers. At the same time, we hope that visitors will be encouraged to reflect on our individual relationships with the environment and with one another, such as how small but consistent changes to daily habits can contribute positively to the environment, and strengthen our relationships in a post-pandemic world.”