Published - Let There Be Light — of the Efficient Kind

Light festivals, which have become increasingly popular over the past decade, usually focus on light as an art medium. But Mary-Anne Kyriakou, a lighting director and artist, founded Smart Light Sydney last year as a low-energy light festival with an environmental message, and she is now working on a similar event in Singapore. The Singapore event, I Light Marina Bay, which will run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 7, will feature a Light Walk with more than 20 illuminated art installations and sculptures as well as interactive and performance-based displays. But a primary aim will be to raise awareness of energy-saving lighting technology. “I believe it is important to show that spectacular lighting effects do not necessarily require vast amounts of electric power, a commodity which we must learn to monitor for ecological and sustainability reasons,” said the Australian artist Warren Langley, whose work will be displayed. “While the objects I create are first and foremost artworks, they have an inherent message as well.” Mr. Langley’s “Singapore Flora” uses continuous LED light cable to construct flowerlike shapes inside a steel vase. “Each ‘petal’ in the flowers runs on one watt only, while the spiral shapes in the sculpture run on around four to five watts per meter,” Mr. Langley said. “This is an extraordinarily small amount of power for such a dramatic lighting effect.” Read the full story in the   IHT