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Guide to i Light Marina Bay 2017

Bring a portable charger along as you head to the bay to snapshot these gorgeous, sustainably made art installations

Marina Bay is poised to shine a little brighter as a festival of lights illuminates the waterfront. Now in its fifth edition, i Light Marina Bay is upping the ante with three new curated fun zones and a solid activity line-up. That’s not forgetting the bedrock of the festival: its 20 art installations. Check out these seven artworks, inspired by everything from sea to space, that leave a dazzling impression.

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Urchin by Choi+Shine Architects
Image courtesy of Choi+Shine
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Urchin by Choi+Shine Architects

Inspired by the spherical shape and intricate texture of sea urchins, the Urchin is a massive light structure that sports its own permeable and decorated surface. Get yer phones ready – the Urchin’s delicate lace pattern juxtaposed against the city skyline scores instant Instagram points. 

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Kaleidoscopic Monolith by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Image courtesy of Singapore University of Technology and Design
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Kaleidoscopic Monolith by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Made with 3D printers, robotic knifecutters and other fancy tech, the Kaleidoscopic Monolith is one huge optical illusion: it seems to curve outwards, but it’s really made of many small concave plates that distort light. Kenneth Tracy, one of the brains behind the artwork, compares it to a Rorschach test: it’s experienced uniquely by each viewer.

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The Body of the Sea by Danny Rose Collective
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The Body of the Sea by Danny Rose Collective

We’ve heard those ‘Merlion vomiting into the bay’ jokes one too many times. But here’s a new take on the quip. The Body of the Sea is a light- and water-based artwork that has the Merlion ‘breathing in’ the waters of the Bay. Danny Rose Collective, a multi-disciplinary art and design team from France, projects marineinspired images, sound, and an ebb and flow of colours onto the national icon’s exterior. 

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Secret Galaxies by Syndicate
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Secret Galaxies by Syndicate

The nightsky has always intrigued humankind – but instead of looking up, look to the ArtScience Museum for a celestial-inspired visual spectacle. Titled Secret Galaxies, the iconic exterior of the museum is transformed into a canvas, as audio-visual collective Syndicate projects images and stories that explore how the stars and our everyday lives are inextricably linked. 

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Dande-lier by COLOURS, Web Structure and SUTD
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Dande-lier by COLOURS, Web Structure and SUTD

Be transported to an alternate world in the Dande-lier, whose lighting system responds to your physical position. The artwork comprises mundane everyday objects – lightweight umbrellas – that come together to form an extraordinary structure reminiscent of, well, a dandelion. 

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Social Sparkles by Toer
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Social Sparkles by Toer

Walk among fireflies in a forest – or come close to it with Social Sparkles. Created by creative studio Toer, this artwork sees 100 overhead lights come to life as you walk beneath. Blink and you’ll miss them – the lights disappear as quickly as they appear, creating a constantly moving, shimmering canopy that follows you around.

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Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic
Photo: Thomas Salva
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Northern Lights by Aleksandra Stratimirovic

Can’t travel to see the Northern Lights? Fret not, for the aurora borealis is set to be re-created right at Marina Bay’s waterfront. Inspired by the beauty of this natural phenomenon, Swedish artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic creates her own version of the Northern Lights – one made out of 100 vertically positioned LED light lines. The lights change and move to tell a visual story, playing with and reflecting off the surrounding cityscapes.

Four more to see at i Light Marina Bay

The Fantastical World of eco.me

The Fantastical World of eco.me

The Promontory @ Marina Bay transforms into an enchanting playscape – there’s an eco-friendly marketplace where vendors sell a range of green products such as organic clothing, and upcycled furniture and accessories. 

Art-Zoo

Art-Zoo

Take a walk on the wild side at The Float @ Marina Bay, where the Art-Zoo installation is setting up camp. Frolic through this playground that resembles a zoological garden with super-sized, inflatable animals (the tallest is a giraffe towering at 15 metres). And there’s no age limit, so don’t feel guilty about unleashing the kid in you. 

Gastrobeats

Gastrobeats

This is one for the foodies and audiophiles. Gastrobeats, at Bayfront Event Space, serves up popup food stalls and live music performances. Jam to tunes by rapper THELIONCITYBOY or channel ’90s-inspired vibes with Disco Hue’s indietronica tunes. All this while you chow down on nosh provided by Skewer Bar, fresh Hawaiian poké bowls from A Poke Theory and artisanal granola from Eats My Life.

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