Mar 24, 2014

i Light Marina Bay 2014: Revisited

(Daddy illuminates... again)

Have you been to i Light Marina Bay 2014 yet? Or are you itching for a repeat visit? For us, it was definitely the latter because there are just so many installations - 28 to be precise - to see that we could not cover all of them during our last visit!

We covered most of the installations around The Promontory and Maina Bay City Gallery area (which you can read in detail HERE), so we decided to focus on those located on the side of the Floating Platform and The Esplanade when we were back at Marina Bay last Friday night.

Scribbledribblequibble by a collective of creatives (B4 on map) is located under the spectator stands of the Floating Platform, and is a fun, site-specific video and sonic installation that explores the notion of street art and graffiti by allowing people to have the freedom of expression through temporary graffiti. To the monkies, it essentially meant doodling on an iPad and watching their artwork come to life via a giant projection screen

3D Tic-Tac-Toe by Angela Cheong and Sonny Windstrup (B3 on map) is an art installation that takes reference from a game that most people will find familiar, but with a twist. Instead of the usual 2-D game, this particular one is presented as a multi-player game, having 27 cubes instead of just nine squares and teams of two playing against each other to make the game more challenging with less chances of winning.

I have to say it may look easy, but it most definitely is not - not when you have so many chances to get three-in-a-row at multiple dimensions and have to be on your toes to prevent the opposing team from winning. But one thing is for sure though - it is so extremely addictive... that the boys have to peel ME away from the installation to move on to the next.

And they in turn were next in line to be captivated by the subsequent installation.

LiveLight by Oz Collective (B2 on map) invites the public to have some light-hearted fun by painting on the projected canvas with the movement of your bodies and light sources, creating mesmerising displays. Everyday objects become delightful paint brushes in LiveLight: mobile phone LED light and screen, torch lights, luminescent toys. I had expected this installation to be a hit with the monkies when I previewed it back in February and I was dead right.

Heading out of the sheltered area of the Floating Platform, there are 2 note-worthy installations worth looking out for. One of them is CLOUD by Caitlind R.C. Brown & Wayne Garrett (B9 on map), where it combines 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. I never knew light bulbs could be these captivating.

At the other end of the Floating Platform, Digital Wattle by Out of the Dark (B11 on map) was inspired by Australia’s floral emblem, the Golden Wattle. Attempting to to explore the interplay between individual ethnic groups co-existing in one city, the form of the Golden Wattle has been adapted into a series of light installations.

And when the digital flowers sway gently in the wind, they will slowly change from pure white to different colours to represent the new mix of cultures residing in the city.

As much as a bunch of changing lights were mesmerizing, it did not make us linger for as long as the next installation did. And to think all it comprised was a giant red ring, with an illuminated inside.

Flash (B12 on map) by Nathan Yong is just as simple as as it gets really. The concept of Flash revolves around the epithet “Little Red Dot”, and it invites people of all ages to have their own interpretation of the installation.

And boy, did the monkies interpret freely.

Even Ale got in the act too.

Since the night was cooling enough for a leisurely walk, we found ourselves crossing the Helix Bridge and paying some of the installations we had seen the previous time another visit.

And of course, an ice cream treat to round off the night could never hurt either!

Amazingly, we still have not covered all of the exhibits... so yes, we will be back once again before the light festival ends its run this coming weekend on 30 March 2014!


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
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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

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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