Sustainable Energy: Asia’s Light Art Festival to Save More Than it Consumes

Sustainability takes centre stage as i Light Marina Bay 2014 promises a spectacular showcase of light and colour along the Marina Bay waterfront. March 7-30 March in your calendar. The unique Festival will be powered by energy savings from the ‘Switch Off, Turn Up’ campaign that runs in tandem with the three-week Festival. It ends with a collaborative effort to coincide with WWF’s Earthhour on Saturday 29 March. SASA is the sustainability consultant for the event and campaign.  Read More


Note: Also see the January issue of CEI magazine – free e-magazine on  – for articles and information on Sustainability for events including comments from industry leaders, including Ken Hickson. Also see the book “Race for Sustainability” for case studies and information on sustainable events, along with a host of other useful articles. For a case study on I Light Marina Bay 2012 go to




The third edition of i Light Marina Bay is set to return in March 2014 with art and activities for all, taking the biennial sustainable light art Festival to a new level

Singapore, 22 January 2014 – A light art Festival powered by an energy-saving campaign, i Light Marina Bay 2014 promises a spectacular showcase of light and colour along the Marina Bay waterfront as sustainability takes centre stage. Running from 7 to 30 March 2014, the biennial Festival will feature innovative and sustainable light art installations from Singapore and around the world, along with this year’s chosen theme, ‘Light+HeART’.

The unique Festival will be powered by energy savings from the ‘Switch Off, Turn Up’ campaign that runs in tandem with the three-week Festival. The campaign was introduced since the first edition of the Festival in 2010 to encourage stakeholders around Marina Bay to switch off non-essential lighting and turn up air conditioning temperatures during office hours. This year’s campaign will coincide with Earth Hour Singapore’s ‘lights-off’ activities, taking place on 29 March 2014.

Mr Jason Chen, Director for Place Management, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), said, “i Light Marina Bay transforms one of our city’s most iconic public spaces in a magical and memorable way, while delivering the important message of sustainability. This year, we wish to inspire more buildings to come on board to generate greater energy savings for the ‘Switch Off, Turn Up’ campaign, and hope that the Festival can continue to grow and encourage more sustainable practices.”

A good mix of artworks from the region and afar

i Light Marina Bay 2014 will showcase a mix of art and light installations from the region and afar, including creative collaborations between local and international artists. Festival-goers can expect over 25 stunning large-scale outdoor installations by artists from 11 countries such as Singapore, China, Philippines, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA.

This year’s curatorial team is helmed by the award-winning design team from ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. Mr Tai Lee Siang, Group Managing Director, ONG&ONG said, “We handpicked artworks of the best quality that challenge perceptions and carry strong messages of sustainability and conservation, which are key to i Light Marina Bay. Visitors will be able to interact with many displays, and even create and literally become a part of the artworks.”

One such interactive installation is LiveLight by Oz Collective, a partnership between Alexandre Pachiaudi from Paris and Quck Zhong Yi from Singapore – both graduates of the prestigious architecture school in Paris, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. Their large interactive installation invites the public to use light from their mobile devices to paint and draw on a projected canvas, creating mesmerising displays.

The Guardian Angels, an installation by French artists Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis, pays tribute to gardens, plants, and the protection of the environment with a beautiful set of watering-lanterns. The two art pieces were presented to the media today at the ArtScience Museum. More information on these artists and artworks can be found in Annex A.

A Festival with something for everyone

Besides the light art installations, a full array of complementary programmes and activities will enliven the entire Marina Bay waterfront, creating a dazzling, diverse and more engaging experience for Festival-goers this year. The public can look forward to free guided tours, bazaars, and educational talks and workshops, taking place over the three-week Festival.

Visitors can also expect tantalising offerings such as acclaimed food festival, Savour, and an urban night obstacle race, where teams will pit their wits against one another. Families will have a rare opportunity to take part in an outdoor camping experience in the heart of the city, or delight in the fine selection of fresh organic produce available for sale from PasarBella, Singapore’s largest community of traders and merchants. More information on these programmes can be found on the website.

i Light Marina Bay will open nightly from 7 to 30 March 2014, 7.30pm to 11pm, around the Marina Bay waterfront. Admission is free.


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