Get immersed in i Light Marina Bay 2017
The school holidays are fast approaching and free admissions to i Light Marina Bay from 3 to 26 March 2017 may just be the thing visitors are looking for. The fifth edition of Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival will constitute three distinct festival hubs – organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). The hubs are the Art-Zoo for imaginative play, The Fantastical World of eco.me for sustainability-themed activities and GastroBeats for food and music.
Art-Zoo, a festival hub at The Float @ Marina Bay, will house 11 larger-than-lifeinflatable art installations in a giant playgarden. There will be plants, animals and ecosystems that represent different letters of the alphabet, and explore nature through the perspective of art in an imaginative landscape. Manoeuvre through a giraffe maze, walk through the belly of a whale or take pictures with a towering spider. These visual adventures promise a great deal of fun for the young and young-at-heart while learning more about wildlife and creating a sustainable world. Proceeds from this activity go to beneficiaries from Students Care
Service and Focus on the Family Singapore, more details are available on www.artzoo.sg.
Art-Zoo creator and Creative Director of local multi-disciplinary creative agency BLACK, Mr Jackson Tan said, “With Art-Zoo, we want to recreate fond childhood memories of visiting the Singapore Zoo with our families, but adding a twist by bringing the zoo into the city, and combining it with the concept of an art gallery. We hope that through these interactive installations, visitors will be able to learn about nature and environmental sustainability in a fun and engaging way.”
The Fantastical World of eco.me
presents a myriad of sustainability-themed activities at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Highlights include a recycling and upcycling marketplace, a kinetic energy playground and an urban garden. Public can explore and discover something new about environmental sustainability at the hub from 3 to 5 March or 9 to 12 March. After the festival, the upcycled furniture, including wooden pallet tables and benches, will be made available for public adoption to minimise wastage and donations will go towards the Culture Plus Fund managed by Global Cultural Alliance Ltd.
Music, fun and food are quintessential to a festival and GastroBeats will satisfy that. Held at the Bayfront Event Space, visitors can enjoy delicacies from food artisans, indulge in some old-school fun with carnival rides or put on their dancing shoes for a night of Silent Disco where participants wear wireless noise-cancelling headphones to enjoy livestreamed music of their choice at the Marina Bay City Gallery.
The 20 light art installations will link the festival hubs as one, themed to “Light & Nature”. Marina Bay waterfront promenade will be flooded with energy-saving lighting sculptures or environmentally-friendly materials to reminde visitor of the importance of sustainable habits. For the first time, festivalgoers may bring home the installations after the festival with a donation towards the Garden City Fund. Local artist Lee Yun Qin will be offering 800 intricate stalks from her work, MoonFlower, made of wire mesh and lit with a solar-powered LED buld. Each moonflower can be adopted at a minimum of S$5.
Festival Director and Director (Place Management) of URA, Mr Jason Chen, said “We are happy to have the support of many festival partners and sponsors to create multiple touchpoints where visitors can consider environmental sustainability from different perspectives. Beyond the sensory experience i Light Marina Bay has always offered, the festival this year will see a stronger emphasis on interactivity with the line-up of activities in the festival hubs and opportunities for visitors to contribute to meaningful causes. With the festival taking place over three weeks at Marina Bay, the public can take their time to explore and discover something new with their family and friends. Beyond the festival, we hope festival goers will remember our sustainability message and adopt more sustainable habits.”