Let There Be Light

Held since 2010, i Light Marina Bay features installations by artists from both Singapore and around the world. Installed around the waterfront, the installations use energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials to reinforce Marina Bay's position as a sustainable precinct - and acts as gentle reminder for viewers to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives.

NYP is the only polytechnic among the five educational institutions involved in this year's festival. Ataraxia was created by 12 students, drawn from the second and third year cohorts doing the Diploma in Interaction Design. Ataraxia describes a state of freedom free from emotional disturbances and anxiety.

The NYP student team, supervised by lecturer Craig Neo, was led by final-year student Alexandra Ng Esien. She conceptualised the ideas for the artwork, in line with the festival's theme of Light and Nature. The students used 6,500 LED lights on five acrylic structures that look like mini trees. Visitors can spin the structures to make the lights change colour.

The interaction doesn't end there! When visitors scan specific markers on the installation - via an Augmented Reality (AR) app the team created - they will see cute animated characters literally pop out from the installation on their mobile phones.

The team is bringing out the sustainability message by harvesting wind power at the Bay, and charging up a power bank. In turn, the bank will power some of the lights in their artwork.

The festival runs from March 3 to 26 (7.30pm to 11pm, extension till midnight on Friday and Saturday nights) at the Marina Bay Waterfront. It's free admission for the main event but charges apply for some attractions. The NYP installation is located next to the Marina Bay City Gallery, opposite the Marina Bay Financial Centre. 

Visit www.ataraxia.sg to download the app to interact with ATARAXIA.