Art aficionados will be pleased to know that the Light to Night festival will be having its second run from 19 to 28 January 2018 and is set to brighten up Singapore’s CBD area in a dazzling array of colours as it transforms iconic cultural institutions and parks into a creative canvas with spectacular works of art. For its second edition, the festival will expand from an anniversary celebration event by National Gallery Singapore in 2016 to a precinct-wide arts festival spearheaded by the gallery, together with The Art House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum and The Esplanade.
Themed ‘Colour Sensations’, the spectacle will take visitors on a multi-sensorial journey through the changing colours of the precinct from day to night with the various captivating works. They can look forward to a vibrant kaleidoscope of public art and activities by local, regional and international artists. Here, the highlights you need to know.
Art Skins on Monuments
Dubbed as one of the biggest light extravaganzas in Singapore, this will feature coloured light projections adorned on each monument by 30 local artists, illustrators and multimedia designers, including visual artist Speak Cryptic, illustrator-artist Aeropalmics and contemporary artist Samantha Lo.
The facade of the National Gallery will be turned into an interactive canvas for audiences to create public artwork. Titled ‘Chromascope’, visitors are invited to participate by stepping on stomping pads to project coloured visuals onto the gallery’s exterior.
House of Mirrors
Created by Melbourne artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, this multi-sensory installation consists of endless mirrors, which takes you on a journey through thousands of disorientated optical illusions and bewildering reflections, all taking place in a house-sized kaleidoscope after dark.
A Stitch in Time
This expansive sculptural work was done by Filipino artist David Medalla. He was inspired by his reunion with a handkerchief that he had gifted to an ex-lover years earlier. Visitors are encouraged to stitch words or small memorabilia onto the canvas as a display of interconnectedness and accidental discoveries.
The UOB Southeast Asia Gallery will also see an internationally-acclaimed performance work by Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei, which brings the message of the fragility of life and the moments that make it beautiful. In the live one-on-one performance, a classically-trained opera singer will approach one visitor at a time in the galleries to perform a personal short rendition of Lieder (art songs) by Franz Schubert.
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