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A Little Light Magic

Artists and designers in Singapore cast 6 monumental buildings in bewitching new light.

A Little Light Magic


January 6th, 2012

In “A Little Light Magic”, a group of artists and designers have used the medium of architectural lighting to dream and imagine narratives via the canvasses of some of Singapore’s oldest buildings and landmark public institutions.

The ongoing lighting installations are centred in the Civic-Cultural district of Bras Basah-Bugis, and are curated by local cross-disciplinary studio FARM and design and architecture firm ONG&ONG.

Each project endeavours to not only reveal, but also highlight features and nuances of the city and its buildings not seen in broad daylight.

The Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum – Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Michael Lee and Joanne Pang have collaborated to create a double greeting that makes them relevant across the Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year period. The melding of letters intrigues, while the use of translucent mesh to replace the existing blinds recalls the Peranakan aesthetic but with a contemporary twist.

Lightworks by Bizlink


the National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore – The Magical Lawn

Whenlightworks and Luke Smith-Wightman interpret the lawn as more than a residual space. Through the incorporation of lights, it becomes an important foreground to architecture, a place for picnicking and people watching, a magical lawn of happenings with the museum receding into the quiet night.

Lightworks by Xicato


Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum – Follow Your Heart, Dreams Come True

The artwork by :phunk is inspired by memories of studying in the old St Joseph Institute (now the Singapore Art Museum), lingering around the school corridors, contemplating in the chapel, drawing comics, reading fantasy novels, and daydreaming of a bright future…


SAM at 8Q

SAM AT 8Q – Warmth

The purpose of a museum, like any building, is only fulfilled when people use or interact with it or within it. With “Warmth”, 10AM and Eli Marc beckon passersby to step inside the museum after it closes. The building literally warms up to the presence of human life. As one draws closer, the facade lights up, accompanied with sounds that suggest the magic within.

Lightworks by Optiled



School of the Arts – Dancing Arithmos

Dancing Arithmos by Kwodrent is an investigation into a new medium – constructed light, an exploration of compositions generated by order and chaos, and a critical platform to engage with the school, the space, and the public.

Lightworks by Technolite


Armenian Church

Armenian Church – An Armenian Play: Selected Scenes

A dialogue between forgotten histories buried in the building’s memories and fragments of its day-to-day existence are brought to light at the Armenian Church. Lim Woan Wen imagines a narrative that explores relationships between the monumental building and its spatial, architectural, historical and spiritual domains.

Lightworks by Zumtobel Group

A Little Light Magic is on till 29 January 2012.

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