Asia’s leading sustainable light festival, i Light Singapore is set on illuminating Marina Bay from 1 to 25 June 2023, with the addition of two new locations at South Beach and Millenia Walk.

i Light Singapore 2023

  • Where: Marina Bay
  • When: 1 to 25 June 2023, 7.30pm to 11.00pm daily (with extended hours to 12.00am on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Admission: Free, charges apply for certain programmes

This year’s festival is themed A New Wave with blue as the main theme colour for i Light Singapore 2023 to bring about the calmness and serenity the oceans, rivers, and other nature’s blue spaces bring. The immersive light art installations and interactive programmes encourage reflections on our relationship with the natural environment and also inspire sustainability in our lifestyles.

7 Key Light Installations at i Light 2023

You will be enthralled to be part of the curated series of artworks from diverse creatives that leveraged innovative technology to develop installations inspired by the colour blue. Here are 7 installations to check out :

1. Glacier Dreams, ArtScience Museum

Be amazed by the large-scale projection on the façade of the ArtScience Museum. Behind the artwork is a collection of visual data on glaciers all over the world processed and transformed into AI-based multi-sensory narratives by the artist, Refik Anadol. 

Through the poetic glacier-themed experiences, inspired by the beauty and fragility of glaciers, Refik Anadol and his Los Angeles-based team, hopes to raise awareness of rising sea levels and climate change, while also contributing to the study of glaciers.

2. Trumpet Flowers by Amigo & Amigo

Surround yourself with super-sized trumpet flowers in the giant musical garden, filled with unique blends of sights and sounds. A floral symphony can be composed by interacting with the controls to the musical and light instruments.

Taking inspiration from gramophones, the installation by Amigo & Amigo, a Sydney-based art studio with commissioned composition by Otis Studio and accompanied by jazz musicians, Trumpet Flower celebrates the beauty of nature through playful interactions with the installation.

3. Plug & Play HDB Block Party

We are all familiar with the structured look of Singapore’s HDB blocks, but how about one that grooves and with gardens that bloom? Watch how the buildings come to life, where they react to light-hearted interactions from visitors.  

Plug & Play, the Singaporean collective explores the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment in Block Party, where the objective behind this interactive installation is to remind us of the power we have in shaping our surroundings and taking responsibility for the environment and a sustainable future.

4. Show III by Chen Jiawen, Lai Ling Ling

Do you think about things when you shower? Like plants thriving in sunlight, soaking in blue light gives a sense of calmness, with virtual water droplets playing in the background. 

The “water-less” shower installation by Singaporean artists Chen Jiawen and Lai Ling Ling hopes to bring about reflections on our water usage habits and an avenue for visitors to step away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

5. Bleached Corals by Berenice Chao and Nicky Tjandra

Fancy walking on the stimulated seabed filled with ‘seaweed’ and ‘corals’ that are made from upcycled plastics or seaweed bioplastics developed by students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media?

Upon contact or movements, the illuminated ‘reefs’ turn white temporarily to bring upon the coral bleaching issue caused by global warming and the threat from degradation of our ocean ecosystems.

6. Prism by Jun Ong

A fascinating interplay of colours that harnesses both natural and artificial light. Made up of truncated pyramids with the dynamic and translucent coloured surface, the immersive installation combines the use of light and form to trigger an emotional reaction.

Prism by Jun Ong, a Kuala Lumpur light artist allows visitors to experience the calming and healing benefits behind chromotherapy.

7. Lightwave: Turning the Tide at The Promontory

Presented by Alibaba Cloud, the multi-sensorial light display at The Promontory allows visitors to experience and imagine a future with irrevocable rising sea levels and humans submerged in an underwater world.

Explore and contemplate how our way of life has impacted the environment through three unfolding chapters of compelling and thought-provoking light experiences, inspiring visitors to make a change and turn the tide. Admission tickets are at $5 each and will be on sale from 15 May 2023 on Klook.

Images courtesy of i Light Singapore