Just when you think you’ve seen it all, creative people all over the world prove you wrong. Well it’s happened again at this year’s i Light Marina Bay festival. The festival is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival that takes place for 3 weeks in Singapore. Admission is free and open for the public to come and enjoy.It was a display of three giant white sea urchins.
But never of this magnitude!
Not only do they look incredible, they offer the festival’s attendees a unique interactive experience.
Each urchin in the series was about 56 feet in size and weighed approximately 220 pounds.
At night, it glowed under the dark sky. The different lighting effects were supposed to help create the illusion that the giant crochet sculptures were actual creatures that came out of the water.
Well, at night the urchins were lit up by an artificial luminescence while in the day, they depended on natural light to create big shadows.
Whenever the sculptures were touched by either the wind or a visitor’s hand, they moved organically.
It took a team of 50 individuals and an entire 3 months to hand-craft these delicate creatures.
After the chords were woven in, they were attached to a metal frame and lastly hoisted up.
After the festival is over, the urchins had to come down. Nonetheless, this installation has clearly left a permanent impression on the people who got to see it in person.
They wanted to make a “lacy room” of sorts that would create a sense of wonder for visitors.
“This momentary pause of the mundane routine of our life would hopefully give us an opportunity to find the poetry around us.”
Up-close the interactive art’s patterns were intricately different.
The festival was primarily geared towards promoting sustainability.
With its soft-textured materials, the urchin softened the hardness and gritty edges of modern buildings.
The Urchins were trying to remind us that life and nature continue to flourish together.