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8 artworks you should watch out for at i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition

Happening this Jan 28 till Feb 24, 2019, the sustainable light art festival i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will feature a total of 32 artworks.

31 of these artworks will comprise light art installations and one spectacular multimedia show.

This anchor event will kick-start the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration in 2019.

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will span Marina Bay as well as the historical areas of Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park.

The 2019 edition of the festival delves into the topic of connectivity while reflecting on Singapore’s history, growth and relationships with the world over the last 700 years.

At the same time, the 32 artworks aim to inspire everybody to come together for a sustainable future.

If you are heading to Singapore for the festival, here are 8 artworks you should watch out for at i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition:

1.Cenotaph for a Stone by National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Located at Waterboat House Garden, this particular artwork aims to illustrate the decimation of the Singapore Stone in 1843.

It also seeks to intrigue viewers with its deliberate arrangement of the 51 rock fragments and times, cascading lighting effect that mimics an explosion.

2.Sails Aloft by Studio Biangle (Estonia)

This artwork is a 3D, light and water-based hologram of sailboats located at the Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Titled Sails Aloft, the large-scale installation recreates vessels inspired by the sampan panjang.

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Sampan panjang is a colloquial term for a long-dwelling boat, which the early immigrants of Singapore used to live off.

3.Bridges of Time by ACTLD (Belgium)

Then, visitors can head over at Singapore River where ACTLD will tell the story of the timeless journey of travellers who discovered Singapore over the years.

This light installment will enchant the audience nightly with lights, lasers, music and projections on water.

4.Land-pass Bird by Dr. Huang Chin Fu (Taiwan)

Do you know that Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park was the place of residence for a long line of governors including Sir Stamford Raffles?

The area became an important communication centre after the British established a port there in 1819.

Additionally, Fort Canning itself has a longer history. It was known as Bukit Larangan prior to 1822, where the ancient kings of the Singapura Kingdom were believed to be buried.

By extending i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition to Fort Canning Park, the public can appreciate the historical area while enjoying the light art installations.

Over here, 30 birds with their fluorescent blue feathers will perch on the tress that line up the staircase from the foot of the Park to Raffles Terrace.

5.Keys of Light by Mr. Beam (Netherlands)

Meanwhile up at the Raffles Terrace, visitors can interact with piano installation called Keys of Light.

The installation reacts to each music note played on the piano and triggers captivating animations in the surrounding environment.

6.Why Green? by DP Architects (Singapore)

Why Green? invites festival-goers to wander within this immersive installation.

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Located at Marina Bay Event Square, this artwork features 3D-printed plant species inspired by the landscape of Singapore.

7.Time Traveller by Eko Agus Prawoto (Indonesia)

Over at Clifford Square, the installation Time Traveller is inspired by bamboo fish traps used by fishermen from the past.

Aiming to evoke collective memories among the communities, the artwork also serves as a bridge between the old and new generations.

8.Facey Thing by Uji Studios (New Zealand)

This installation is a fun and satirical celebration of the coming together of selfie culture.

As visitors come into view of the camera, they can interact creatively with their pictures taken on-site by virtually painting with their faces.

A special edition to celebrate Singapore Bicentennial commemoration

According to the festival director Jason Chen, this edition is especially meaningful as it forms part of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration.

He stated, “The artwork line-up collectively reflects the festival’s desire to bridge people, cultures and ideas through art and sustainability.

The light art installations will be strategically placed along the festival route to bring everyone on the development journey of Singapore since the arrival of its earliest communities at the Singapore River.”

This year it will be the first time that the artworks will be installed on six iconic bridges at Singapore River and Marina Bay.

These include Elgin Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Esplanade Bridge, and Jubilee Bridge and The Helix Bridge.

i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition will start from Jan 28 to Feb 24 2019, 7.30pm to 11pm daily. While on Fridays and Saturdays, the festival will extend to 12am.

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General admission to the festival is free. Visit for more information.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.