Mar 9, 2014

i Light Marina Bay 2014: Kids-friendly Interactive Installations Galore

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Into its third edition this year, i Light Marina Bay 2014 - the bi-annual sustainable light art Festival - has already lit up the entire Marina Bay area and will continue to do so until 30 March 2014. Our blog is honoured to have been appointed as one of the Official Bloggers for this year's festival and we were give an sneak preview of some of the most creative light art installations dotting the perimeter of the Marina Bay waterfront.

The three-week Festival is all about creating unique, happy and heart-felt installations to delight the audience while raising awareness on environmental sustainability issues through the theme ‘Light+HeART’. And one such installation is 1.26 Singapore by American artist Janet Echelman (B10 on map) in the above photo. Inspired by the traditional craftsmanship of fish net weaving and lace making, it suspends over the floating platform with the colorful volumetric piece taking the shape of a tsunami sweeping across the ocean.

One other interesting installation at the Floating Platform area is CLOUD by Caitlind R.C. Brown & Wayne Garrett (B9 on map). Combining the aesthetic of incandescent light bulbs with the brilliance of energy-efficient bulbs, this installation invites the visitor to pull on a switch and altering the pattern of the lighted bulbs.

This year's i Light Marina Bay is basically split into 2 regions, with installations on both ends of Marina Bay. There are a total of 28 whopping installations, with 14 located on the side of the Floating Platform and The Esplanade and the remaining 14 on the opposite side of The Promontory and Maina Bay City Gallery.

One installation you should not miss is Celebration of Life by Justin Lee (B14 on map), a 3-minute playful video with the exterior surface of the ArtScience Museum serving as the projection screen of the commentary.

The 3D projection playfully blends traditional Eastern iconography with modern-day symbols of our global capitalist culture, and touches on the role and value of traditional culture in our contemporary society. Beautiful and visually stunning.

Obviously, we did not have the luxury of time to visit all 28 installations so we focused more of those located on the side of The Promontory and Maina Bay City Gallery. And it was a good thing we did that, because I think we must have found the light installation that is ranked as the top fave of the monkies for now.

The Pool by Jen Lewin (A14 on map) is where visitors enter a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and colour on a group of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads.

The circular pads change colours as one hops on them. But for best results, play with a large group of people and watch laughter ensue!

The Guardian Angels by Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis (A12 on map) pays tribute to gardens, plants, and the protection of the environment with a beautiful set of brightly-lit watering-lanterns.

**Insert Caption Please by Ryf Zaini  (A11 on map) is a giant speech bubble that displays thoughts and messages that are thought-provoking, witty and at times, humorous, akin to comic strips. I had fun watching people stand under the speech bubble and 'reading their thoughts' in the process.

If your child loves pushing buttons (like mine), then the next installation will be one after his/her own heart. Floating Hearts by Travesias De Luz (A10 on map) consists of a wall of illuminated hearts, which invites people to play with it to form new visual spectacles with each contact. Never has pushing buttons to switch on or off lights been so fun - and coordinated.

Teddy Bears lovers take note - the next light installation will be one that will bring out the hugging instinct in you.

JouJou-Ours by Taiwanese artist Uno Lai (A9 on map) is one that encourages all to come close and embrace these light installations, and with these close physical interactions, the embedded lights will create a magical kaleidoscope of colours.

Inspired by the artist's childhood memories of hugging soft toys to sleep, he believes that interactive arts are not just about technology, but it should reflect simple acts to express love. And that was what precisely Ale did.

#WeHeartLight by Light Collective (A8 on map) is the first installation that is made and inspired entirely by the people who live in Singapore. It is created through a series of workshops where students play an important role in the making and design of the artwork, emphasing the role of education in guiding our future generation towards a more sustainable future.

One of the more superbly entertaining interactive artwork has got to be Mimosa by Jason Bruges Studio (A7 on map), one which displays behaviour that mimics responsive plant systems. Using individual organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) to represent the delicate light petals of flowers, they appear to dance with its petals opening and closing in response to visitors’ hand movements. We had to literally peel the kids away from this exhibit when it was time to move onto the next installation.

Luckily though, the next one was just as captivating. iSwarm by Professor Thomas Schroepfer and Professor Suranga Nanayakkara marks the first time a team from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) (A3 on map) is participating in i Light Marina Bay.

The swarm of luminous 'sea creatures' reacts to groups of visitors by detecting human presence and greeting them with subtle modulation of its light patterns via motion sensors attached to the railings.

Beat by Arup (A1 on map) consists of lighted orbs change colours and adopt a human heart beat light pulse upon touch. Once visitors interact and get together, the installation is synchronised, becoming a single thoughtful act where it glows as a single BEAT.

Happy Croco by French artist Bibi (A4 on map) was our last stop of the night and it is a cute puzzle made up of different everyday discarded items that have been given a new lease of life.

A luminous 20m long sculpture whose backbone is made of traffic cones, this urban crocodile uses two types of LEDs and low energy light bulbs and serves a reminder of our relationship to our environment, as well as our capacity to face up to our contradictions with regard to the waste we produce.

We had also visited the previous i Light Marina Bay in 2012 and personally, I felt this year's installations have a far more interactive element to them. No doubt this will please parents with children, as artwork where kids can touch and play with will form a more lasting and thought-provoking impression.

We have not had the chance to explore the other installations over at the Floating Platform yet, so you can be sure that we will be back at Marina Bay once again!

UPDATE: Read all about our repeat visit to i Light Marina Bay 2014 here -


Join the guided tours available on weekends and discover more about the dazzling light art installations around the Bay! There are two routes to choose from and each covers a different set of artworks. Registration closes a day before on our festival website or 30 minutes before the tour.
Date: Fridays. Saturdays & Sundays
Time: 7.30pm. 8.30pm. 9.30pm
Location: Marina Bay
Sign up:

Complete your experience at i Light Marina Bay 2014 with a 30 min river cruise, which will offer you unique perspectives of the key light art installations while you sail through Marina Bay.
Date: Fridays. Saturdays & Sundays
Time: Departing every 30 mins, from 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Location: Marina Bay City Gallery Pier
Fees: $12 / person / tour
Sign up:

Offering seafood, meat, dairy, fresh produce, wines and many more, the public can have a fresh experience at the market while learning more from traders about their love for food.
Date: 7 – 30 March 2014
Time: 4.30pm – 10pm (Monday – Friday) | 10am – 10pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza
Free Admission

The Goodnight Market will be bringing in a unique merchandise mix that would make shoppers end the night with a contented smile!
Date: Saturdays & Sundays (7 – 30 March 2014)
Time: 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay (below the Seating Gallery)
Free Admission

Enjoy the unique bazaar experience along the Marina Bay waterfront.
Date: Saturdays & Sundays (7 – 30 March 2014)
Time: 2pm - 10pm
Location: Event Square, Marina Bay Waterfront
Free Admission

Come join in the family friendly event where participants can either skate or have a leisurely walk around Marina Bay.
Date: 15 March 2014
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Registration required via

Learn from the professional skaters and National Team as they showcase their skills and knowledge to the public.
Date: 22 – 23 March 2014
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Free Admission

Spend a fun day out with your pets and meet your favorite Medicorp celebrities at this star-studded pet event!
Date: 22 March 2014
Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Free Admission

Fathers, get ready to go on an adventure with your sons this March! Adventure with Dad is a father-and-son camp that cheers ordinary fathers on in the extraordinary role of raising sons of honor.
Date: 22 & 23 March 2014
Time: 9.00am (Saturday) - 11.30am (Sunday)
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Fees: $240 per father-son pair
Registration required via

Join WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in celebrating Singapore’s commitment to sustainability at Earth Hour 2014 and enjoy an exciting line up of performances and other fringe activities leading up to the spectacular city “Lights Off” at 8:30PM! What's more, Spider-Man will be making an appearance!
Date: 29 March 2014
Time: 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Free Admission


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i Light Marina Bay 2014
7 - 30 March 2014
Marina Bay Waterfront
7.30pm - 11pm daily
FREE Admission
For a full listing of all installations, visit

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