Journey through time on Singapore bridges at i Light festival

Straits Times arts correspondent Olivia Ho shows the highlights of i Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition, which opens to the public from Jan 28 to Feb 24, in one minute.
ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

i Light festival features over 30 light art installations, multimedia show by artists from 15 countries

A human figure "leaps" across the Singapore River in an art installation inspired by the island state's rapid development.

"I've always seen Singapore as fast-running and jumping into the future," says Turin-born artist Angelo Bonello, who created a series of LED figures in different stages of a leap, which come aglow in succession.

His artwork, Run Beyond, has been installed on Elgin Bridge - one of six bridges on the Singapore River and in the Marina Bay area that will be decked with light art installations during the i Light festival, an annual sustainable light art festival.

The i Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition runs this year from Monday to Feb 24 and kicks off islandwide bicentennial activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.

In keeping with the festival's theme Bridges Of Time, light art installations will be on display at the Esplanade Bridge, Elgin Bridge, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and Helix Bridge.

At Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of vertical flags will be illuminated by kaleidoscopic lighting, and on the ground below Esplanade Bridge, information relating to Singapore and the world - ranging from population figures to the number of e-mails sent - will be projected in real time.

Over at Anderson Bridge near Fullerton Hotel, a gigantic "light metronome" installation called Time Rhythm will feature light projections set to music.

 

Festival director Jason Chen, Urban Redevelopment Authority director for place management, said "connection" was a key motif for the festival, which has over 30 light art installations and a multimedia show. They are created by artists from 15 countries, including Singapore.

"This connection is about how we have seen people coming to Singapore before 1819 and after 1819, forming communities... and how these individuals were able to prosper in Singapore, setting up their homes here. They also reached out to the world and the region," he said. The theme Bridges Of Time helps convey this.

Installed on Cavenagh Bridge is the artwork Where Do Stories Begin/ Where Do Stories End, by Singapore artist Michael Lee and interdisciplinary art duo Perception3.

The words "Where Do Stories Begin", in LED neon lights on one side of the bridge, can be seen against a view of Boat Quay, which was the first stretch of the Singapore River to be developed. Meanwhile, "Where Do Stories End" appears on the other side of the bridge with Marina Bay Sands as its backdrop.

Perception3 artist Regina De Rozario said: "One of the key themes we were interested in was the idea of narratives, and how layered narratives are... not just historical narratives, but personal ones."

• Take part in the guided and self-guided tours during i Light Singapore and view the artworks on foot and by boat. Go to www.ilightsingapore.sg/ Discover/Light-Tours for more info.


ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Time Frame (above)

WHAT: Information relating to Singapore and the world - ranging from population figures to the number of e-mails sent - will be projected in real time onto the ground below Esplanade Bridge, in this installation by the Netherlands-based multidisciplinary studio Donis.

WHERE: Esplanade Bridge


ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Oriflammes (above)

WHAT: Hundreds of vertical flags flap in the breeze while illuminated by kaleidoscopic lighting. It is the creation of French artist Sebastien Lefevre.

WHERE: Jubilee Bridge


ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The Time Vortex (above)

WHAT: Pedestrians on the bridge will be surrounded by lights whizzing through "space" in this installation - conceived by the Netherlands-based design duo Paul Vendel and Sandra de Wolf - which plays with the idea of time travel.

WHERE: Helix Bridge


ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Run Beyond (above)

WHAT: A human figure takes a bold leap across the Singapore River in this installation by Turin-born artist Angelo Bonello as a series of LED figures come aglow in succession.

WHERE: Elgin Bridge


ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Where Do Stories Begin / Where Do Stories End (above)

WHAT: LED neon lights on the two sides of the bridge ask the questions "Where Do Stories Begin" and "Where Do Stories End" in this installation by Singapore artist Michael Lee and interdisciplinary art duo Perception3. The words "Where Do Stories Begin" appear against the backdrop of Boat Quay - the first stretch of the Singapore River to be developed - while "Where Do Stories End" can be seen in front of Marina Bay Sands.

WHERE: Cavenagh Bridge

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'Journey through time on S'pore bridges'. Print Edition | Subscribe