The most Instagrammable places at i Light Marina Bay

The sustainable light art festival is back, and the installations are more gorgeous than ever

We've never seen the ArtScience Museum look this good
We've never seen the ArtScience Museum look this good
04 Mar 2016

We've never seen the ArtScience Museum look this good

If you’ve ever felt like you were running out of places to take selfies, wefies, and OOTDs – or that the best locations were simply too inaccessible – fear not: i Light Marina Bay is back tonight, meaning that from now until the end of March, you have at least 25 new backdrops for that perfect shot. And there will be plenty of outdoor dining options from partners like Pasarbella, Harry’s, and Old Chang Kee, to keep you well-fed amidst all the queuing, the posing, the ohh-ing and ahh-ing.

And ooh and ahh we did at the special media preview earlier this week, where we got to see some of these installations up close. We laughed at the randomness of an air quality-monitoring moon plonked in front of One Raffles Quay, and we felt a small thrill of satisfaction while playing with an app that controls the display on the ArtScience Museum.

With the theme “In Praise of Shadows,” the fourth edition of the sustainable light festival will feature 25 art installations, of which 14 were designed by Singapore artists – the highest participation of local artists to date. In line with the event’s focus on environmental awareness, the artworks incorporate recyclable materials and use energy-efficient technologies.

Keep reading to see the places that will give your friends major Instagram envy.

Pictured above: What a Loving & Beautiful World – ArtScience Museum, which allows you to “swipe” Chinese characters onto the façade of the building using a mobile browser app. As you can imagine, this looks pretty awesome on video.

i Light Marina Bay 2016
4 to 27 March 2016
7:30 pm to 11 pm daily, with an extension to 12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
Marina Bay waterfront promenade
Free Admission 

SONICtower
SONICtower
04 Mar 2016

SONICtower

Despite its rickety appearance, the SONICtower, by local artist Zulkifle Mahmod (also known as ZUL) is a must-visit, namely because its unfinished appearance is a clever juxtaposition against the majestic city backdrop. If you stand close enough to this colour-changing structure, you’ll notice that it emits a gentle rhythmic clanking that vaguely mimics the sound of construction work.

This place is great for….
A contemplative cityscape photo, with the saturation turned up high.

Suggested caption:
“We’re all just works in progress <3”

Location: The Float @ Marina Bay

Ode to the Wind
Ode to the Wind
04 Mar 2016

Ode to the Wind

In this structure, which was designed by students in Nanyang Technological University’s Interactive Media programme, LED lights brighten and dim according to global wind patterns.

This place is great for…
People in long-distance relationships. Just because your other half lives an ocean away doesn’t mean you can’t spam your followers with requisite couple pics.

Suggested caption:
“Our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.” Don’t forget to tag your bae!

Location: The Float @ Marina Bay

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Lightscape Pavilion
Lightscape Pavilion
04 Mar 2016

Lightscape Pavilion

This enchanting golden structure was created by Taipei-based design studio MisoSoupDesign, who drew inspiration from traditional Chinese lanterns. The closer you move to the columns, the more intensely they glow, as if powered by the human spirit.

This place is great for…
Proposal photos. The structure will literally brighten up when you get down on one knee. No filter needed.

Suggested caption(s):
“Keep calm and light on.” (For selfies)
“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.” (For couple photos)
“Is this Avatar.” (For everyone else)

Location: Clifford Square

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Light Walk
Light Walk
04 Mar 2016

Light Walk

This structure had us at the words “immersive laser harp.” As the description suggests, you can “pluck” its lighting and sound simply by walking beneath its beams.

This place is great for…
Wefies. You can get a pretty decent shot of the structure behind you, regardless of the size of your group.

Suggested caption:
“#SQUADGOALS”

Location: Mist Walk

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Cycle House
Cycle House
04 Mar 2016

Cycle House

Part shelter, part bicycle, and part disco, this quirky vehicle, by local artist Hafiz Osman, lights up and plays music as you wheel it around.

This place is great for…
Cyclists, obviously, but travellers as well, since it is supposed to represent the “nomadic lifestyle of a wanderer.” 

Suggested caption:
“They see me rollin’, they hatin’. #TGIF”

Location: Lower boardwalk, near Bayfront South jetty 

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
04 Mar 2016

Ground Control to Major Tom

We’re sure that the late David Bowie would have approved of this colour-changing art piece by Singapore artists Rohan Abdullah and Stanley Yeo.

This place is great for…
Photos with kids.

Suggested caption:
“Me and my space oddities <3”

Location: The Float @ Marina Bay

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Bolt
Bolt
04 Mar 2016

Bolt

Now here’s something we really loved: Bolt, by Malaysian artist Jun Ong, mimics flashes of lightning when touched.

This place is great for…
Boomerang and Live Photo addicts (the movements look amazing even on 3-second videos) and er, Harry Potter fans.

Suggested caption:
“Stupefy!” (10 points for Gryffindor if you strike a dueling pose)

Location: Marina Bay waterfront promenade

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Lampshade
Lampshade
04 Mar 2016

Lampshade

This structure might not be as flashy as the others, but we were touched by the story behind it: once the festival is over, the lamps used in this installation will be given to off-grid communities, while its bamboo structure and light fixtures will be recycled as construction scaffolding.

This place is great for…
Contemplative selfies

Suggested caption:
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light,” followed by an explanation of its social and environment initiatives.

Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay 

Light Origami
Light Origami
04 Mar 2016

Light Origami

No explanation needed: this 3D origami kaleidoscope by Japan’s KAZ Shirane is a visual feast. First commissioned by Destination New South Wales for Vivid Sydney 2015, Light Origami uses 320 origami shapes made from mirrored panels to “fold” light like paper.

This place is great for…
OOTDs. It’s not every day you get such a cool background for an outfit photo.

Suggested caption:
Who needs a caption when you’ve got a backdrop this fabulous? Keep it simple with the obligatory #OOTD hashtag.

Location: OUE Bayfront

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Angels of Freedom
Angels of Freedom
04 Mar 2016

Angels of Freedom

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include these giant wings, created by designers from Germany and Israel.

This place is great for…
THE SQUAD, duh. Or if you’re wearing a rockin’ outfit, an OOTD.

Suggested caption:
“Doing it for the ‘gram #YOLO”

Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

Emograph
Emograph
04 Mar 2016

Emograph

In what sounded too good to be true, this clever installation measures your pulse and converts it into a kaleidoscope of colour and sound. Naturally, a device projects the artwork onto a façade, giving you the perfect means of letting your beloved other half know just what they do to your heart rate.

This place is great for…
Honeymooners, teens, couples still riding high on the passion of a new love.

Suggested caption:
The sentimentality of this installation (it’s called EMOGRAPH, for crying out loud) gives you license to go full-on corny: “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Thank you for being my rainbow, babe. (kissy emoji).”

Location: Marina Bay City Gallery

Photo courtesy of i Light Marina Bay 2016

Moon Haze
Moon Haze
04 Mar 2016

Moon Haze

Like we said, we couldn’t help feeling amused by seeing the moon, of all things, in the CBD. But aside from being whimsical, this installation, by Chinese artists Feng Jiacheng and Huang Yuanbei, has a practical purpose: it brightens and dims according to the air quality.

This place is great for…
In our experience, selfies. When else can you take one with the moon?

Suggested caption:
Something about how you never post selfies, but you couldn’t help it this time, because seeing the moon next to your office building was just too funny.

OR, if the Emograph hasn’t exhausted your capacity for cheese already, you could easily pose a selfie with Bae, with the caption “Love you to the moon and back <3 <3 <3 <3.” Just don’t tell him or her that you got it from us. 

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