This year’s Singapore Night Festival was held from 21 to 29 August. I hadn’t been in previous years as I don’t usually like extremely crowded places and will try to avoid them if possible.
If you have been following my blog, you may have guessed by now that I love visiting Japan and this year, there was a light installation entitled “HANAMI” as part of the festival and so I decided to check it out – imagine seeing cherry blossoms in Singapore!…
HANAMI by Cie Mastoc Production (France)
Venue: Armenian Church
“This light installation is inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating the transient beauty of cherry blossoms each spring.”
Visitors can stroll around the premises and admire the glowing, miniature cherry trees. I thought they were quite mesmerizing.
A close-up of the “flowers”:
I then headed over to the National Museum of Singapore as there were several exhibits there…
LE DÉSIR ET LA MENACE by Cedric Le Borgne (France)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Banyan Tree
“Cédric Le Borgne invites everyone to view daily life in a refreshingly new way. His work employs precise mise en scène and lighting techniques to give his chicken wire sculptures life, and abolishes barriers to blend with the space around them. Le Desir et la Menace is a collection of three bird wire sculptures perched on the branches of the National Museum’s majestic banyan tree, creating a magical atmosphere as you approach.”
Now, for the main highlight at the museum (well, to me it was!) which was just too cute!!…
THE ANOOKI CELEBRATE SINGAPORE by David Passegand and Moetu Batlle (France)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Façade
“The Anooki (Anook and Nooki) are the world’s smallest Inuits. Watch these adorable characters come alive and run riot across the façade of the National Museum in a story specially created for the festival and Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. Dance and sing along to their irresistible tune and soak up their contagious energy!”
It’s not surprising that The Anooki won the coveted Trophée des Lumières (Light Trophy) in 2012 and 2014 Fete des Lumiere in Lyon, France, where the audiences chose their favourite light artwork.
If you’ve missed watching this, here’s the video that I took of the show:
Next, I headed indoors for some air-conditioned comfort and also to check out two other exhibits…
A LITTLE NONYA’S DREAMS by Brandon Tay (Singapore), Stephanie Ronzon (France) and Fred Multier (France)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, The Salon, Level 1
“Watch The Little Nonya’s Dreams come to life through a pop-up projection mapping that appears as an “open book” in a dark room. Each of the girl’s dreams is told by a different animator, taking visitors to different landscapes and worlds as they follow her journey.”
It was quite interesting…
TENNIS SWING by D&MS (Singapore)
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium, Level 2
“Capturing the agility of a tennis game, this tennis swing is created in celebration of BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore. This visual art installation is a collection of 6 LED swings. Experience the setting of an on-going tennis game as soundscape surrounds the work. The sound reflects the compression of the tennis balls against the tension of the racquet strings.”
Sorry, I’m clueless when it comes to art and to me these were just swings with unusual seats made with tennis balls and there were additional sound effects when you used the swing! :p
I felt the tennis balls actually made a comfortable padding for the swings and there was ample room for your butt even if you are a plus size. ^_^
To my surprise when I was about to leave the museum, one of the Inuits bade me farewell! :p
I headed across the road to my final destination for the night…
FIELDS IN BLOOM by School Of The Arts (Singapore)
Venue: School of the Arts (SOTA), West Plaza Steps
“A miniature garden of white flowers glow across the stage of platform steps; the presence of light allows us to better appreciate the aura of darkness. Time dependent interaction with artificial light sources yield surprising results for the field of flowers that bloom and illume into a spectrum of different tones and colour.
This artwork installation seeks to inspire a sense of wonder and enchantment from within the harsh environment of the concrete steps. The student artists would like to invite you to come and play amongst the flowers, to help them glow and bloom in the darkness of night.”
Visitors were handed torches with UV light and were asked to shine them on the exhibit. Well, it did make the “flowers” glow but I personally felt this was a little bit of a letdown for me as it wasn’t as dazzling as some of the other light displays which I saw much earlier.
Overall, it was quite an enjoyable evening walk and I did achieve my 10,000 steps that day. ^_^