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In Pictures: Light-art installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay promote energy conservation

By Mong Palatino.

Singapore’s annual Light Festival reopened on March 3 with 20-light-art installation made by artists from nine countries.

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This was the fifth time that Singapore has organised the Light Festival in Marina Bay, a popular tourist destination that offers a panoramic view of the city-state.

The festival, which is also known as “i Light Marina Bay,” is themed on “Light and Nature” to encourage Singaporeans to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives.

In support of this objective, the art installations at the Marina Bay waterfront are made of energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials.

18. SECRET GALAXIES . Syndicate ft Brandon Tay, Kiat & Safuan Johari | Singapore . Location: Art Science Museum (Projection Piece) . . Media Preview 1st March 2017 'i Light Marina Bay 2017' Asia's Leading Sustainable Light Art Festival 3-26th March 2017 Marina Bay Waterfront: Free Admission* Main event 7:30PM to 11:00PM (extended to 12:00mn on Fri & Sat nights) www.ilightmarinabay.sg . . i Light Marina Bay is Asia's leading sustainable light art festival organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) since 2010. The festival is a showcase of light art installations created by artists from Singapore and around the world. Installed around the Marina Bay waterfront, the light art installations are designed with energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials to reinforce Marina Bay's position as a sustainable precinct and serve as reminders to encourage festival goers and the general public to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives. The festival also features a range of fringe activities for visitors to enjoy, bringing vibrancy to the public spaces in the precinct. . At the fifth edition of the festival this year, artists from nine countries, including Singapore, are presenting 20 sustainable light art installations anchored on the theme "Light and Nature" to invite the public to consider the relationship of light with nature and the city. . The light art installations will line the Marina Bay waterfront from 3 to 26 March 2017, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with an extension to 12.00mn on Fridays and Saturdays. The light art installations are free for the public to enjoy. For the full list of installations, visit: www.ilightmarinabay.sg/discover/installations . This festival will see the highest participation from local educational institutions in its history – with students from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University of Technology and Design, LASALLE College of the Arts and Raffles College of Higher Education presenting artworks. . www.ilightmarinabay.sg/discover/festival%20Map . . . .

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The festival is also getting the support of at least 79 building owners around Marina Bay to join the “Switch Off, Turn Up” campaign, which encourages residents and building owners to switch off non-essential lighting and to turn up air conditioning temperatures during office hours.

During the 2014 Light Festival, the organisers claimed they were able to save 269,000 kilowatt-hours of energy or 140 tons of carbon dioxide for three weeks because of the “Switch Off, Turn Up” campaign. This is equivalent to providing electricity for more than 1,000 housing flats for the same period.

This year’s Light Festival will also join the Earth Hour celebration on March 25 by switching off the lights of the art installations for one hour.

Visitors to the Light Festival are also being encouraged to exchange their incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving LED bulbs.

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Since the opening of the festival, Instagram users have been uploading their photos of the art installations at the iconic Marina Bay waterfront.

06. HOME . X Bella Skyway Festival | Anna Galas, Maciej Slominski and Aleksander Sawicki . Location: Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, near the Marina Bay City Gallery . . Media Preview 1st March 2017 'i Light Marina Bay 2017' Asia's Leading Sustainable Light Art Festival 3-26th March 2017 Marina Bay Waterfront: Free Admission* Main event 7:30PM to 11:00PM (extended to 12:00mn on Fri & Sat nights) www.ilightmarinabay.sg . . i Light Marina Bay is Asia's leading sustainable light art festival organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) since 2010. The festival is a showcase of light art installations created by artists from Singapore and around the world. Installed around the Marina Bay waterfront, the light art installations are designed with energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials to reinforce Marina Bay's position as a sustainable precinct and serve as reminders to encourage festival goers and the general public to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives. The festival also features a range of fringe activities for visitors to enjoy, bringing vibrancy to the public spaces in the precinct. . At the fifth edition of the festival this year, artists from nine countries, including Singapore, are presenting 20 sustainable light art installations anchored on the theme "Light and Nature" to invite the public to consider the relationship of light with nature and the city. . The light art installations will line the Marina Bay waterfront from 3 to 26 March 2017, 7.30pm to 11pm daily with an extension to 12.00mn on Fridays and Saturdays. The light art installations are free for the public to enjoy. For the full list of installations, visit: www.ilightmarinabay.sg/discover/installations . This festival will see the highest participation from local educational institutions in its history – with students from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore University of Technology and Design, LASALLE College of the Arts and Raffles College of Higher Education presenting artworks. . www.ilightmarinabay.sg/discover/festival%20Map . . . .

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Singapore’s landmark buildings have become even more stunning during the event.

This article originally appears on Global Voices.

In Pictures: Light-art installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay promote energy conservation