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The forth edition of sustainable light art festival, ilight Marina Bay, looks set to illuminate the Marina Bay waterfront precinct with light art installations from Singapore and around the world.

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Images courtesy of ilight Marina Bay

From 4 to 27 March, more than 20 innovative and sustainable light art installations from Singapore and around the globe will transform the Marina Bay precinct into a kaleidoscopic display of light, colour, shadow and play. Here are some projects visitors will get to experience.

Lampshade by Snøhetta (Norway)

Lampshade by international architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and brand design firm Snøhetta is a structure made of bamboo covered in photovoltaic cells. Lampshade lights up intensively at night with enough solar energy to power a thousand lamps. The installations challenges the perception of artificial light as an element that is dependent on its energy source, and invites visitors to discover links in harnessing sunlight and the eventual electric light.

Folds Light Like Paper – Light Origami by KAZ Shirane (Japan)

Folds Light Like Paper – Light Origami by Tokyo-based artist and space designer Masakazu Shirane (KAZ Shirane) invites viewers to explore the nature of reality by entering a giant 3D kaleidoscope. The domed structure is bathed in light and is constructed using over 320 origami shapes made from aluminium composite panels. Changing spectrums of light are projected within the space, mirrored in the facets of the space within to create an entrancing kaleidoscope of light.

Fissure by Ong Kian Pen (Singapore)

Fissure is a light sculpture by media artist Ong Kian Peng that takes the form of a polyhedron that has been cut into half. Light permeates through its centre, taking form in a fluid scanning motion that changes over time. When visitors place their palms on the two pedestals, the sculpture visualises their heartbeats, which start off as individual pulses but synchronising over time and transforming into a unique visual light sequence. Influenced by the conflicted state of the world today, Fissure speaks of the possibility of coming together to make a difference.

Moon Haze by Feng Jiacheng and Huang Yuanbei (China)

Beyond its representation of the full moon, Moon Haze by artists Feng Jiacheng and Huang Yuanbei functions as a monitoring system for air pollutants, picking up and responding to the ambient air quality – the better the air quality, the brighter the installation.

C’scape by Illuminate (Singapore)

C’scape by creative lighting design consultancy firm Illuminate is an installation where form folds into a space reminiscent of the city. The central feature is a time-lapse light display evoking the synergy between the sun and the moon. On the perimeter, geometric forms represent the city skyline. As the sun sets, these screens animate the night scene at a city scale. Shadows of visitors cast onto the screen bring another dimension to the projected city, creating a tension in the interplay between shadow and scale.

For more information on ilight Marina Bay, visit

Marine Constellations by Laughing Stars and Lumen Artistry (Japan & Singapore)

Lightwalk by Jen Lewin (USA)

Emograph by “I Did It” Society (Latvia)

Lightscape Pavilion by MisoSoupDesign (Taipei)

The Unveiled Beauty by School of Interactive and Digital Media, Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore

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