The Cloud, a lighting installation commissioned by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), was proudly featured amongst the 25 participating at iLight Marina Bay in 2016, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival. Local and international artists from Japan, Norway, Germany, New Zealand, Israel and USA through the theme, “In Praise of Shadows” sought to reframe the perception of light and its beauty. Environmental sustainability reinterprets light – its fundamentals, forms and role.
iLight Marina Bay was first held in 2010 when Marina Bay aspired to be a sustainable precinct in Singapore. Today, it has entrenched its position with the support of major buildings in its “Switch off, Turn Up” campaign. The long and growing list of stakeholders are encouraged to switch off non-essential lightings and turn up the air-conditioning temperature – savings that power up and bring vibrancy to the festival.
The fourth since 2010, iLight Marina Bay 2016, boasts of the most local participants since its inception. Promoting local talent and incorporating sustainable elements in the installation has been the ethos of the festival. Strong partnership with local tertiary institutions saw 5 of their installations exhibited for the first time.
The Cloud, Kenny Hong’s installation, symbolizes God’s presence guiding and protecting the community in Asia. Utilizing Printed Lighting, also known as Electroluminescent Lighting (EL), an innovative technology by A*STAR, the thin, light emitting foil gives an aesthetically pleasing, uniform diffused light, creating a visual interaction of curvilinear planes. It gives a multisensory, swirling movement of a supernatural cloud.
A*Star is a public government body under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Its mission is to advance science and develop innovative technology to further economic growth and improve lives.