See the Merlion in a different light

Visitors to the Merlion Park at One Fullerton can get to see Singapore's most famous landmark lit up in a different light this month.

A screen placed near the Merlion will let visitors create various light projections onto the surface of the sculpture, which has been digitally mapped for this purpose.

This display is part of iLight Marina Bay, a light art installation festival which starts today till April 1, and can be seen nightly from 7.30pm onwards.

During this period, more than 30 environmentally sustainable light art installations will be featured at the Marina Bay precinct, extending from the Merlion Park, to The Float @ Marina Bay, and all the way around Marina Bay Sands and the Waterfront Promenade.

iLight Marina Bay is back for the second time running and this year, not only does it feature bigger and better light installations, but also more events, such as performances, night carnivals and workshops.

Key exhibits include a huge 3D light and sound projection on the surface of the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.

Titled "Garden of Light", this ambitious projection created by local company Hexogon, tells a story through graphics and images of stars, grass, flowers and butterflies, accompanied by an original soundtrack.

Another big exhibit is "Key Frames", found on The Float at Marina Bay. Comprising 20 static stick figures made of LED light tubes, the display is paired with a soundtrack to deliver a choreographed display.

Other eye-catching displays include a bright, glowing red entrance titled "The Gate" at the Marina Bay City Gallery, containers stacked on top of one another at the Waterfront Promenade, a huge squid, glowing deck chairs with music, mysterious lights that contain secret messages, and a red igloo in the middle of a field.

Free guided walking tours are available from Fridays to Sundays throughout the festival period and visitors who want a different view can hop on the water taxi at $4 per person per trip.

Food and drinks will be available at night carnivals held on weekends. A pet event will also take place on March 31.

Budding artists and photographers can get involved in the light festival through photography competitions, workshops and talks.

iLight Marina Bay is Asia's first and only sustainable light art festival, and aims to increase awareness in the reduction of energy usage.

This year, 46 businesses around the Marina Bay area have committed to turning off their lights, an initiative which is part of the light festival's aim of promoting energy-efficient best practices.

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