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Singapore holds sustainable light art festival in public spaces (2)


09:56, March 08, 2012

In another work The Gate, Chinese artist Li Hui used hundreds of laser beams to frame a doorway to create the sense of a symbolic passage.

Li, who had put up light art installations using laser beams at indoor exhibitions in the past, said it was the first time for him to show the work in a semi-open space.

"The result is a bit beyond my expectation, too," he said. "I think it is worth the effort to organize such public space art events."

Mary-Anne Kyriakou, founder of Smart Light Singapore, said the event is part of a "Swtich Off, Turn Up" campaign supported by stakeholders in the central business district that encourages properties to be energy efficient by switching off non-essential lighting and turning up air-conditioning temperatures.

The festival also promotes environmentally-responsible behavior for a sustainable future by encouraging artists to use recyclable materials and adopt energy-efficient lighting technology in the creation of their light art installations.

"What we are hoping to do is to have many people come down and experience the installations created by the artists," Kyriakou said. "Our idea is that we think about the environment but also we think about how to beautify the cityscape."

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