There’s more than sun, sand and sea at Sentosa from 16 November to 31 December 2019 with ‘Island Lights’ happening at Sentosa Cove Village. The event introduces larger than life interactive light art installations to dazzle your end of year celebrations.
Christmas arrives early with the event kicking off with the annual One°15 Christmas Boat Light Parade and Sentosa Cove Holiday Market alongside the sea of docked yachts from 16 November to 17 November.
Berthed boats will be decked out in colourful LED lights and decorations and you can get your Christmas stocking stuffers early with the market’s 15 stalls selling festive treats and gifts.
The star of the entire event, of course, is the Instagrammable art installations located along the village. These unique neon artworks are centred around the theme ‘Celebration’ and are curated by Space Objekt studios. Co-founder Tina Fung will be showcasing her vision among seven local and international artists of different disciplines. Through collaboration, they collectively bring two-dimensional mediums to life.
Each artist was given a sub-theme to create an installation—love, harmony, fun, time and peace.
The first installation ‘Beacon of Light’ is Tina Fung’s interpretation of a lighthouse. Inspired by the location, the installation symbolises the help we receive as we navigate through rough waters. The tall structures stand tall overlooking the marina; representing protection and guidance.
Tina’s aim was to create Instagrammable art, therefore she made sure that the art installations looked photo-worthy and were accessible from all angles.
Created around the theme of ‘love’ this installation was a collaboration between Tina and Singaporean fine artist, Juls. The piece is entitled “When love beckons to you, follow him”; a tribute to the words of Khalil Gibran.
The dome represents the openness of acceptance and the act of embracing others into our lives. The multi-coloured panels are fashioned after the different auras that we emanate and the etchings symbolise the many phases we go through, emotionally and physically.
‘Candy Quartz’ is a light-hearted collaboration with local motion artist and illustrator, Reza Hasni.
The illustrations are inspired by the elements of the zodiac and the art of play.
Both artists wanted to encourage fun and enjoyment through this piece. The seesaw symbolises harmony, justice and good judgment. Through their eyes, a well-balanced seesaw portrays a time of balance and calmness in life, bringing contentment.
We step away from the neon lights for a little bit to immerse ourself in shadows and sound with ‘ShadowDial’, created by design studio, LEDscontrol from Barcelona.
The installation explores the theme of time in a sensory way; playing with shadows and movement.
The light and sound equipment work hand-in-hand, with the beat determining how strong the light portrayal is on the screens.
Darel Carey’s ‘Transcendence’ piece demonstrates a unification of varying dimensions. Each line represents an individual, however, when all the lines come together, they evolve to become something more.
It illustrates how individuality can transcend to become something greater than ever imagined; representing the power of peace and the heights we can reach through unity.
The ‘Shimmershack’ installation is an unusual piece located at Quayside Isle, Fountain Plaza. It’s a dollhouse structure designed by Tina, incorporating her signature use of light play and coloured acrylic. Russian artist Polina Korobova then steps in with an interactive performance called ‘Pink’.
‘Pink’ performances happen on selected Saturdays—16 and 30 November, 7, 21 and 28 December. There are stages to the performance; for the timings of 6.30 pm to 8.45 pm Polina will hand out cotton candy to her audience, bringing back the nostalgia and excitement in all ages From 9 pm to 10.30 pm, she’ll douse herself in mass amounts of glitter; the medium of the art piece.
She will gradually transform herself into an artwork; her performance exploring the innocence within to unleash her inner child.
In addition to all the fascinating art installations you’ll be able to find at Island Lights, there’s also festive programming on the weekends that feature fire twirlers, movie screenings, roving percussion performances and more to ring in the festive season!
Don’t forget to end your night by strolling along the marina admiring the dazzling display of lights and music featuring 300 colour-changing neon snowflakes set to festive music.
Admission to Island Lights is free and the event runs from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm daily. You can also score S$6 off your Grab Ride into Sentosa with the code “SentosaEvenings”. There are limited codes available, so head down quickly!
We're hiring lifestyle writers!