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Students light up Marina Bay with art installations

i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, will be back from 4 to 27 March to illuminate the Bay with the most number of art installations presented by local educational institutions since its inception.

Organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the fourth edition of the festival will transform the Marina Bay waterfront into a glittering ensemble of more than 20 light art installations from local and international artists. Among these are five light art installations designed and produced by local tertiary institutions, including National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Nanyang Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic – all presenting artworks at the festival for the first time.

Mr Jason Chen, Festival Director and Director for Place Management, URA, said, “We are glad to be able to pass on the important message of sustainability to the younger generation. The success of the first three editions has been very encouraging, and with it becoming an annual festival from this year, we hope more people will join us in becoming advocates for a positive environmental change.”

A festival of light and shadow

The festival will see a showcase of innovative light art installations from emerging and world-class artists from Singapore and around the world, including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Israel, Norway, and the USA. Based on the theme “In Praise of Shadows”, the light art installations are designed with sustainability in mind while inviting visitors to re-imagine the fundamentals, forms and roles of light.

Mr Randy Chan, co-curator of the festival and Principal Architect at Zarch Collaboratives, said, “This year’s theme challenges the obsession that brighter is better and seeks to reframe perceptions of light and sustainability. We want to invite artists and visitors to re-imagine and reconsider sustainability issues in a new light, and to contemplate upon larger issues of light, beauty and the city in relation to the bigger community.”

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