Festivalsi Light Singapore — Asia’s sustainable light festival — is back this year with a variety of Instagrammable installations.

A swarm of fireflies, a whale and an alien jellyfish light up Singapore

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The Firefly Field at The Promontory at Marina Bay.
The Firefly Field at The Promontory at Marina Bay. Photo Credit: i Light Singapore

i Light Singapore has always been a popular affair particularly among the Millennials and Gen Zs who flock the open spaces of Marina Bay each year to snap Instagram-worthy shots. After the pandemic-induced two-year hiatus, this immersive, outdoor art experience is back, with a bigger focus on sustainability.

Operating from 3 to 26 June, the festival is organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and features 20 light art installations by artists from 14 countries. The creators include new media artists, engineers, designers, students and fresh graduates.

Admission to i Light Singapore 2022 is free for all. The installations will be lit up every day from 7:30pm to 11pm, and during Fridays and Saturdays, festival hours are extended to midnight. Besides taking stunning photos with the installations, visitors of i Light Singapore 2022 can also expect a kid’s playground, carnival games, and a series of workshops and talks addressing environmental issues.

This massive open-air art exhibition has been held every year for three weeks since 2010, and has now cemented its position as one of Singapore’s most anticipated festivals. Jason Chen, festival director and director of place management at URA says that visitorship for i Light Singapore has steadily increased over the years. In 2018 and 2019, it received over two million and three million visitors respectively.

Art installations will take visitors from a firefly field to the inside of a whale. Here are some of the more notable and picturesque installations.

Firefly Field

A swarm of fireflies, a whale and an alien jellyfish light up Singapore
Photo Credit: i Light Singapore

Made up of 500 electronic fireflies, the Firefly Field simulates the flickering bioluminescence of fireflies flittering around after dark with the use of cleverly designed rhythm of lights and movement. Find the Firefly Field at The Promontory at Marina Bay.

Fallen

A swarm of fireflies, a whale and an alien jellyfish light up Singapore
Photo Credit: i Light Singapore

This alien jellyfish installation tells the tale of an otherworldly being that ate a ‘star’ in space, got too heavy and crashed landed on Earth. It would turn out that the ‘star’ it ate was in fact an accumulation of trash sent out into orbit by humans who ran out of disposal space for garbage. Find the Fallen at the Lawn next to One Marina Boulevard.

Plastic Whale

A swarm of fireflies, a whale and an alien jellyfish light up Singapore
Photo Credit: i Light Singapore

Visitors can walk into a giant inflatable whale and experience the scale at which this endangered creature exists while hearing it laborious breaths of distress. The whale is lit up on the inside with various lights programmed to turn on at different intervals, showcasing the whale’s struggles as it attempts to breathe in a sea of plastic waste. This life-size installation aims to depict the plight of whales and other marine creatures struggling to survive in the increasingly polluted oceans. Find the Plastic Whale at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

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