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i Light Marina Bay 2018

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Magnificant Light Displays & Creative Talents at Marina Bay
Singapore has always been known as a clean business city, notable in respects to global commerce, finance and transport. It is the second busiest container port in the world and considered to have the best investment potential. During the Second World War, Singapore was occupied by Japan but in 1963 it gained independence by federating with other British territories to form Malaysia. This federation last only two years, when over ideological differences, Singapore separated to become a sovereign nation in 1965.

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Photo Courtesy of iLight Marina Bay Festival Website


The Marina Bay Waterfront has been illuminated by light art installations for the i Light Marina Bay Festival annually from 2016, previously being held bi-annually. This year marks the first time the festival has been expanded to Esplanade Park. This year's festival will be held from 9th March to 1st April 2018 over a three-week period. Singapore will showcase twenty-two light art installations from not only Singapore but thirteen other countries encouraging sustainability and recycling. This event is organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), which also hosts numerous activities for the public at Marina Park during the festival. Each day entertainment will begin at 7.30pm and conclude at 11.00pm, although on Friday and Saturday nights the finishing time is extended to midnight.

Three of the art installations will be created using bottles and containers which have been contributed by the community and corporate partners. One of those is titled Transistable Plastic and is of multiple panels encased in plastic waste. Aiming to promote an awareness of the amount of waste we generate in our lives, Luzinterruptus, a Spanish team have used approximately 20,000 polyethylene terephthalate bottles to create a large-scale display of vacuum-packed rows of illuminated rotating panels. The arrangement will be located under the Esplanade Bridge and is accessible to the public to walk through onto other displays at the festival.

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Photo Courtesy of iLight Marina Bay Festival Website - BP Loh Artist


Local Singapore based artist BP Loh is using approximately 2,000 plastic milk bottles to create a set of cute cows. Although making this display in 2008, this is the first time Loh has displayed it in a public place. Loh said his inspiration came from grass in open courtyards and milk bottles found in his studio. He hopes his artwork promotes recycling and upcycling among the viewers.

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Photo Courtesy of iLight Marina Bay Festival Website


Students from Raffles College of Higher Education, School of the Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Technical University and Nanyang Polytechnic are all contributing to the festival with displays.

To encourage festival-goers to take a greater participation in their lives and adopt sustainable habits, this year's festival will hold a series of public talks and workshops on sustainability. In conjunction with the festival there will be a Switch Off, Turn Up Campaign, which is rallying corporate organisations and others around Marina Bay to switch off non-essential lighting and turn up their air-conditioning temperatures to save on excess energy. We can all learn from this as power bills soar.

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Photo Courtesy of Amigo & Amigo Website for iLight Marina Bay Festival


Some of the other displays featured are:

Whareatua by New Zealand artist Jamie Boynton is a series of glowing giant mushrooms
Octopoda is an interactive octopus-like work by Australia's Amigo & Amigo featuring eight tentacle drums.
* Urban Rice Fields recreating paddy fields and bamboo rods where people can walk through
Kloud which is a shifting visual image of clouds that can be triggered through touch or an app.
Pop-up lifestyle space where furniture is made from reusable plastic tanks

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Photo Courtesy of iLight Marina Bay Festival Website


On the 31st March the festival will hold an ILLUMI Fest Run where participants will run through different zones while being splashed with 'glow water'.

i Light Marina Bay has become one of Singapore's signature events with visitors coming from all over the globe and from all walks of life to be part of this unique festival. It is a festival not to be missed and there is an excitement and awe for all age groups. There are many excellent hotels in Singapore, which you can research on the internet; however this festival will be attracting a huge crowd, so it is best to secure your bookings now.
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Why? Learn how to recycle artistically
When: 9th March to 1st April 2018
Where: Along Connaught Drive, Singapore
Cost: Free Entry
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