i Light Marina Bay 2012

by Rosemarie John on March 21, 2012

The first quarter of 2012 is a spectacle of colours and a myriad of lights as Marina Bay displays more than 30 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations. With the use of recyclable materials and energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of light art installations, both local and international artists brought their significant style and presence to the festival.


With more than 60 static stick figures creating a choreographed display evoking movement, activity and a festive atmosphere, KEYFRAMES is designed by a group of six artists and designers from Groupe LAPS, France.

As a sculpture, KEYFRAMES is a static plastic art for public spaces, demonstrating different positions of the human body. Creating a bridge between sculpture and film, the installation is worked using the rules of cinema editing during its programming as lights, sound and music come together in a final proposition as a minimal 3D movie.

“KEYFRAMES equals movement”, said Thomas Veyssiere, Art Director of KEYFRAMES when asked to define his work in one word. “Movement because the principle of the installation is to create movement from a state of immobility”, he added.

With an original score that is quirky and infections, sound designer, Erwin Quintin created the installation’s music using an amalgamation of computer styling and pre-recorded sound. With sound being the fundamental ingredient in the KEYFRAMES installation, it is captivating to watch how music, light and art produce smiles in both adult and children as they observe the installation in action.

“I want to bring surprise, joy and poetry in the streets”, said Veyssiere in his one-on-one interview with Travel and Beyond. “With KEYFRAMES, I want to place the human body in urban spaces posing questions –  Are we animals? Are we robots?”, he added. Using micro-narratives which are little stories that are easily understandable by anyone, KEYFRAMES is one of 31 light art installations in the festival that have spectators coming back for more.

While the tubes are built using double LED strip and white Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), the articulations are made of inox steel. With sustainability in mind, KEY FRAMES uses LED light coupled with very low electricity consumption. All materials are re-used for other KEYFRAMES installations.

Originally commissioned for the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France, KEYFRAMES will be on display in Singapore until 1st April before it heads to Jerusalem, Israel in June and back to France in December. This installation numbered 15, is located in front of the seating gallery.

Garden of Light

Conveying a story about environmental sustainability while highlighting the beauty of the natural world, Garden of Light by Hexogon Solution Pte. Ltd. is an ambitious projection on the surface of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands which features a lotus-flower design resembling ten fingers anchored by a round base in the middle.

Incorporating a variety of light and sound effects, Garden of Light is achieved through 3D video projection mapping. An exciting new technique, video projection mapping can turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Specialized software is used to warp and mask the projected image to make it fit perfectly on irregularly shaped screens.

Transcending ordinary video projection, the Garden of Light is a whimsical installation that is both beautiful and enlightening. Featuring butterflies and nature, the installation makes use of 16 Christie® projectors. Covering a total surface area of 30,500 square feet of the ArtScience Museum façade, it is considered the largest 3D projection mapping ever accomplished in Singapore.

As twelve Christie Roadster HD20K-J and four Christie Roadster HD18K projectors are installed for the three-week long festival, visitors can enjoy the eye-catching spectacle everyday from 8.15pm onwards.

“Besides using digital projectors capable of displaying images in very high resolution and brightness, we are also employing a variety of light and sound effects to tell a story about environmental sustainability and highlight the beauty of the natural world”, explained Adrian Goh, Managing Director of Hexogon Solution. “The outcome is a tantalizing visual treat that can be appreciated from various vantage points throughout Marina Bay”, he added.

Referring to the sustainable light art installation as “treasure the beauty”,  “the projection storyline illustrates a small part of a butterfly’s life after a thunder storm”, said Goh in an one-on-one interview with Travel and Beyond. “You will experience a fun ride through the eyes of a butterfly but as nothing last forever, the video conveys a message of sustainability for the need to treasure and protect our environment before it is too late”, he added.

With six show times in a day (8:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm, 10:15pm, 10:45pm), the Garden of Light is best viewed from the Helix Bridge. You can also view the Garden of Light from the seating gallery that houses KEYFRAMES.

i Light Marina Bay is the only light art festival in Asia to advocate the use of energy-efficient lighting technology for a sustainable future. The festival ends April 1st, 2012. When you choose a hotel room in Singapore, try and get one with a great view of the marina. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s a short video of KEYFRAMES in action…

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