Tuesday, 8 March 2016

i Light Marina Bay 2016: Day 5 Visit

 i light Festival 

Singapore has quite a number of annual festivals, and i light Marina Bay is another one. While this is its 4th edition of the event, this is the 1st time I attended. I just found out this year. Singapore, she has much more for me to explore.

Light art installations are more of a specialised and rare breed of the sub-genre of general art installations.

This light art festival is yet another way that Singapore can boost its profile as an Asian art hub, a reputation that Singapore has strengthened with the opening of National Gallery Singapore. If this lures any passing tourists, it's a bonus. Because Singapore are filled with so many events and programs every year, there's a high chance that the next time you're here in Singapore, something is happening.

lantern, i light Marine Bay festival, Singapore


I was reminded about it last week, and I happened to be around Marina Bay today, so I went to down to check it out. In any case, even without the light art festival, it's nice walk around Marina Bay for some nice dusk photos like these (I don't leave my house without taking my 2 year old baby - her name is DSLR Canon - with me. I need to constantly feed her with light diet. By that, I mean diet of light).


skyline, Marina Bay, Singapore


ArtScience museum, Marina Bay, Singapore


Helix Bridge, skyline, Marina Bay, Singapore


There're more activities around Marina Bay in the next 2 weeks than you can poke a stick at in this festival, but it's the light art installations, which I believe is the spotlight, is what drew me there. If you like art installations, miss this and you'll kick yourself later (assuming you practice yoga). It's free to attend like all festivals in Singapore.

The art installations are created by international artists around the world from Japan, Norway, China, Israel, etc as well as locals.


 Light Detectives 

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I wonder how long does it take the artists to save his toilet paper inner tubes. I have saved mine to make stationary shelf and other furniture. This structure also has given me some ideas.

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Light detectives,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore Light detectives,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore

paper boxes recycled as furniture
A corner of my living room. All my shelves are recycled paper boxes. DVD containers are recycled as toy houses.
My toilet paper roll cores will soon made itself useful into my living room when there're enough of them.


 Light Origami 
No prize is awarded for guessing correctly the nationality of the artist. I like the idea: origami on the outside, kaleidoscope on the inside. A metaphor for Japan itself. It also looks like a cross between Lisa Simpson's head with Darth Vader's mouth.

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Light Origami,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore
All that sparkles are not diamond

Light Origami,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore
Above:  Rear view of Light Origami exhibit
Right:  Back of Lisa Simpson Lego fingurine
Lisa Simpson lego


 Moon Haze 
Again, no prize is given for guessing what country the artists originate. The 2 things that Chinese are most concerned and familiar with: moon and haze. However, this isn't the romantic version of the up-in-sky lunar traditional fairy tale, but the down-to-earth reality of modern air pollution in China's major cities, giving this art piece nice contrasts of fairy-tale vs reality, tradition vs modernity, moon vs earth. Like the idea of a Chinese poem couplet where there's a perfect symmetrical pairing of contrasting ideas/images.

Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore
Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore
Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore Moon Haze,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore



 Lampshade 
It looks as if it's still being completed.





 Shadow Bath 
Torus is an interesting shape that's often associated with the core of a toroidal (or donut) shape electromagnet that physics students are very familiar with. There're also many toroidal energy structure in nature, one example is the magnetic field around the earth.

The flow lines around the donut shape that's depicted here is more to do with New-Age's so called spirit or sacred universal energy flow than hard science of physics.

In either case, I supposed the artist is trying to convey the idea of energy visually where light is essentially is a form of. The shadows of spirals being cast on the ground is a planar projection of the whirling line on the torus to form something like a spiral galaxy to signify universal energy pattern, or geometry of the universe as they call it.

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shadow bath,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore

shadow bath,  art installation, i light Marina Bay festival, Singapore
A peep inside the "pole" of the torus. If this is an earth magnetic field, then this is where you find Aurora Borealis.


 I'll Be Back 
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While this is the 5th day of the Festival (the festival runs from 7 to 24 March), perhaps because of rains in the recent days, not all the installations have been completed. I saw workers still putting up installations when I was there.

Actually, even if they completed all the installations, I wouldn't have time to see them all. I'll certain come back at least once, but probably few more visits to look at some of the bright ideas, brilliant art pieces and illuminating theme.

I imagine they would get everything ready by this 1st weekend where they expect a much bigger turn-out.


To read about my day 14 visit of this i Light Festival  




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