i Light Singapore Returns In January With Special Bicentennial Edition

More Light Installations At i Light Singapore 2019 Means More Photos For The ‘Gram

There have been tonnes of light festivals in Singapore in the past few years but none of us are tired of them yet.

After all, we all love a good reason to hang out with friends and snap some pictures for the ‘gram.

So if you’re looking for the next artsy event to boost your Instagram aesthetics, swing by i Light Singapore Festival. The event is returning to Marina Bay on 28 Jan 2019.

32 artworks from 14 countries

To celebrate 200 years of Singapore’s history, i Light Singapore 2019 will be exhibiting a wider range of installations than last year.

31 sustainable light art installations will illuminate the Marina Bay Event Area and run along the Singapore River, crossing six iconic bridges for the first time.

Make sure to catch these bridges light up at night:

  • Elgin Bridge – near Parliament
  • Cavenagh Bridge – between The Fullerton Hotel and Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Anderson Bridge – near The Fullerton Waterboat House
  • Esplanade Bridge – outside Esplanade (duh)
  • Jubilee Bridge – also outside Esplanade
  • Helix Bridge – between The Shoppes @ MBS and The Float @ Marina Bay Grandstand

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

The festival will also extend to Fort Canning Park, proving just how massive it will be this time around.

32 artworks will feature artists from 14 different countries including Singapore. More than half of the artwork are by Singaporean artists.

Here are 5 installations you should definitely check out.

1. City Gazing Singapore

Frequent flyers who love window seats will gasp when they see this installation. It’s one thing to see a city from the sky, but to get that view from the ground will be a mind-blowing experience.

A map of Singapore hangs over The Lawn @ Marina Bay, creating what’s essentially another layer of bright lights between the ground and the starry sky.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Look up to see street lights, homes and roads light up around Singapore as if you’re peering out from a plane flying over at night.

The lights will change to trace Singapore’s transformation over the past 100 years, so you might want to get some mats to lie down on and gaze up in awe of our island’s history.

Location: The Lawn @ Marina Bay, 8A Marina Boulevard, 018984.
#13 on the festival map.

2. Cenotaph for a Stone

The Singapore Stone is a remnant of a 10th or 11th century slab that was blown up in 1843 to widen the passageway at the mouth of the Singapore River.


Three Architecture students from the National University of Singapore created Cenotaph for a Stone to portray the explosion and tell the story of the stone.

51 ‘rock fragments’ sit on steel pedestals of various heights, with a 52nd pedestal left empty for the piece in the National Museum.

The installation looks like a complete piece from the front but walk along the perimeter and you’ll get to witness the explosion as timed light effects cascade across the broken pieces.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Waterboat House Garden, Fullerton Road.
#23 on the festival map.


Getting up close to the artworks may not be immersive enough for some of us who have a strong urge to touch them.

It’s even more fun when we can see the effects that our touch have on the artworks.

Stick your hands out as you walk down these parallel rows of fibres and watch as they light up according to your touch and movement.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Lotus Pond, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
#3 on festival map.

4. Shadow Exposed

Whether young or old, playing with our shadows will always be amusing.

Shadow Exposed lets you interact with the installation using your own shadow to reveal or cover layered images.

As you walk past the large screen stretched along the Mist Walk at Marina Bay, your shadow will reveal different layers that offer a glimpse into Singapore’s evolution.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Location: Mist Walk (next to Red Dot Design Museum), 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
#8 on festival map.

5. Keys of Light

Interactive installations are cheap thrills if you like being amused by yourself. What if you can take it a step further and produce a show for everyone?

Be a performance artist for a night at Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park and play the piano that stands in the middle of it.

Each music note activates a unique visual animation that lights up the surrounding structures, so every performance produces a different effect.

Image courtesy of i Light Singapore

Bring out the Freddie Mercury in you and pretend you’re at a concert jamming away on the piano keys as bright lights go off around the arena.

Location: Raffles Terrace, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
#31 on festival map.

A bright start to 2019

As i Light Singapore 2019 celebrates Singapore’s achievements, being a part of it will be an uplifting way to start the new year.

Bring your friends and family to admire the artwork and appreciate how far our island country has come.

Feature image courtesy of i Light Singapore.

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