Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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I must have been some kind of moth in my previous life.  Or maybe a zombie.  Show me anything that is lit up and I immediately go “ooooh … what’s that?”  Set up a series of light installations, and I am completely enamored.  This is why we’re always drawn to visit iLight when the event comes to town.  A series of environmentally sustainable light installations by  international artists – it makes for an interesting walk around the Marina Bay area.  Here are a series of shots from the iLight festival last year for this week’s challenge.

We usually start our walk just before night falls and get a chance to appreciate the cityscape in the glow of the beautiful evening light.

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And then it’s time for a visual feast of some very interesting and clever light installations.  Here are my top 3 picks:

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Garden of Light is an ambitious projection on the surface of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands incorporating a variety of light and sound effects to tell a story about environmental sustainability and highlight the beauty of the natural world. The projectors make no impact on the surface of the Art Science Museum but create a spectacular effect visible from several vantage points throughout Marina Bay.

I loved that this installation used the surface of the Art Science Museum as a canvas, and my favourite was this image of flowers in a field.  It lit up the area with the freshness of spring.

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MEGAPOV is a light installation using a new digital light format to produce a news flash effect showing symbols relating to concerns of 21st century rapid growth in Asia. This festival commission uses low energy LED technology and minimises waste and consumption through the re-use of equipment.

This installation was lots of dizzy fun.  As you walk towards the installation, it looks like a plain old light stick.  For Star Wars fans, it probably looks like a giant light saber.

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But when you start moving your head from side to side while keeping your eyes on the installation, you start to see a series of images.  Very cool.

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Light of the Merlion pays tribute to the Merlion, which was inaugurated in 1972. As a light celebration of this symbol and connecting with the festival theme “Light Meets Asia”, Light of the Merlion creates a memorable experience through light projection over the surface of the sculpture. This festival commission minimises waste and consumption through the re-use of materials.

This interactive installation allowed visitors to try their hand at painting our icon in splashes of rainbow colors.  Using an interactive touch screen display, visitors decide how they want to color the Merlion and the colors are then projected onto the Merlion’s body.  It was fun watching the Merlion get covered in a series of neon colors.  I thought he looked pretty good.

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That about wraps up iLight 2012.  Looking forward to the next iLight! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination”

  1. Incredible submission. Lots of great submissions this week, this one’s for the gold! Excellent photography. Night photography ain’t a joke!
    Are you saying you’re like them cats chasing lights on walls? 😀
    And ow, I’m shamelessly inviting you to show up for 200th. 😀

    1. Thank you! Haha you haven’t seen the number of blurry shots I had to delete! But I was too lazy to bring a tripod that night. You are absolutely right abut the cat chasing lights bit – I just cannot resist those lights 😀 And yes, I LOVE the 200th post – it’s amazing! 🙂

    1. Thank you for you kind words 🙂 The Singapore city skyline has changed so much in recent years and it’s a wonderful place for a stroll and to take in the lights even on regular nights.

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