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i Light Marina Bay Singapore. Prepare to be dazzled!



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If the skyline at Marina Bay in Singapore isn’t enough to dazzle you, from now till the end of March be prepared to be totally blown away. i Light Marina Bay, the sustainable art light festival, has returned to Singapore.

Eco first

At first glance it might seem a bit strange to encourage us all to cut our carbon footprints by constructing 20 massive light installations, but look a little closer and you will see they are all made of the latest energy and environment saving materials.  

And during the festival 79 building owners and organisations around Marina Bay have said they will Switch Off, Turn Up by not using non-essential lighting and turning up the temperature on the air con. According to organisers, the energy saved helps off-ses the power used by the art installations.

What is i Light?

i Light Marina Bay is run by the Urban Redevelopment Board and is now in its fifth year with artwork created by artists from Singapore and around the world. This year’s theme is Light & Nature:

“The artistic direction of the festival explores the relationship of light with nature and the city – a theme that aptly fits in with the backdrop of the garden city we live in. It is encouraging to see continued interest and participation from local and international artists and I hope the artwork will inspire visitors to kick-start their personal sustainable journey,” Festival Curator and Principal Architect at Zarch Collaboratives, Randy Chan

Highlights 

1. Moon Flowers, Secret Galaxies and Social Sparkles are among this year’s attractions. The festival has involved the local community more than ever by including five light art installations designed by students from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University of Technology and Design, LASALLE College of the Arts and Raffles College of Higher Education. 

2. If you ever wondered what to do with your old water bottles then take a look at Ocean Pavilion, made up of more than 25, 000 of them and put together by local school children and volunteers.

3. Or wanted to see Singapore’s version of the Northern Lights? Swedish artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic has re-created them right here, using 100 vertically positioned light lines suspended above ground emitting green and blue streams as they sway in the wind.

4. The Art-Zoo at The Float @ Marina Bay, The Fantastical World of eco.me at The Promontory and GastroBeats with food, music and a silent disco all make for a carnival atmosphere this year

Go home green

Last year the sustainability message reached more than 750 000 festival goers. Organisers are hoping even more will take home the green theme this year.

Details

I light Marina Bay is free, although a few attractions do charge 

The light shows start at 7.30pm to 11pm, ending an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays

The festival runs till March 2

Don’t forget to do your bit and switch off during Earth Hour 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 25 March 2017

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