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Light and lively spirits

Feb 15. 2019
The interactive light installation art “Crystallisation of Thoughts” by Thai collective Living Spirits is on show at Clarke Quay Central in Singapore.
The interactive light installation art “Crystallisation of Thoughts” by Thai collective Living Spirits is on show at Clarke Quay Central in Singapore.
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By The Nation

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How a Thai creative collective is inspiring Singapore with its illuminating artworks

LIVING SPIRITS, a Thai collective of creators of interactive art, have shown their work for two consecutive years at iLight Singapore.

This year’s Bicentennial Edition is the latest in a seven-year series hosted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. The objective is again to connect people, culture and opportunities through artistic light installations.

The interactive light installation art “Crystallisation of Thoughts” by Thai collective Living Spirits is on show at Clarke Quay Central in Singapore.

With 33 pieces from 15 countries, the festival has as its theme “Bridges of Time”, examining the use of sustainable materials while celebrating the growth of the Lion City in a history dating back 200 years. 

Continuing until February 24, the light installations are displayed from Marina Bay to the Civic District through Singapore River and Raffle’s Terrace at Fort Canning. 

Experts in architecture and lighting design vetted 249 artworks from 36 countries and chose Living Spirits to participate again this year. Its installation “Crystallisation of Thoughts” is at Clarke Quay Central.

Crystals appear to form into a wavelike structure, alluding to both the thought process and the nearby Singapore River.

Building on their previous work, “Spirits of Innovation”, “Crystallisation” represents that process as a wave-like structure to symbolise the formation of new possibilities that come in streams, much like the Singapore River. 

The artwork also depicts Singapore as a technologically advanced city, and viewers can interact with it to change the waves’ colours. 

“During the past year, we had a good opportunity to display our light installations at Chiang Mai Design Week, Awakening Bangkok and i Light Marina Bay, where we received very positive feedback,” says Living Spirits founder Sasis Suwonpakprak.

Members of Living Spirits

“The new piece is aimed at provoking past experiences and connecting people, technology and art in a harmonious blend.”

Living Spirits’ debut 2018 light installation “Chandelier of Spirits” was inspired by the morning beverage habits of Singapore office workers. 

As a symbol of their hard-working, can-do spirit, more than 1,400 cold-brew coffee bottles were used to create the installation. The lights shined and flickered as more people approach the work and dimmed when people were away.

Get a glow on

The works are illuminated nightly from 7.30 to 11pm daily, extending to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit www.iLightMarinaBay.sg for details.

Keep up to date with Living Spirits at www.LivingSpirits.art.

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