What is this?: A walk organized by a group of professional lighting designers who are passionate about raising awareness on our present lighting environment.
Area Synopsis: From the completion of land reclamation in 1992, Marina Bay has grown and developed into Singapore's iconic skyline. With skyscrapers, heritage buildings and a spectacular water-show lined along the Waterfront Promenade, there is no lack of personality in the well executed Masterplan from URA comprising commercial, residential, hotel and entertainment uses.
What will we be doing?: Put on your detective cap and raise your magnifying glass! We will be on the hunt for the heroes and villains of light in our familiar nightscape as well as peeking into the current iLight installations along the way.
Who to attend: People who are interested in seeing a different perspective of the iconic Nightscape and want to be part of the active dialogue of what contributes to a good lighting environment. We welcome people from all walks of life to participate in this walk.
Area covered: Marina Bay Sands Waterfront to the Merlion at Fullerton Promenade.
About the Lighting Detectives: The Lighting Detectives is a non-profit group founded in 1990, dedicated to the study of lighting culture through practical methods, mainly by engaging in fieldwork. Cities throughout the world are filled with light. With rapidly developing economies in the 21st century, our society becomes brighter and brighter, which makes the night safe and provides a highly energy-efficient lighting environment. However, terms such as “light pollution” and “loud lights” are now used to describe the lit environment. Has this increase in light actually provided us with more pleasant nights?
We go to places where light is found and observe, detect, and gather experiences to understand lighting on a deeper level. We leave our books behind and go out into the streets where physical examples of lighting are found. Natural light teaches us many wondrous ideas/techniques, and from street lighting, we learn the reality of the properties of light. With new discoveries, we continue to feel both excitement and anger. This feeling led to the emergence of a curious group called The Lighting Detectives.
Please visit our website for more information: http://shomei-tanteidan.org/
The Search for Heroes and Villains - the Pleasure of Night Walks: We go out into the city and closely examine the light environment as it is. Observation is extremely important to the Lighting Detectives precisely because theory alone does not provide a sufficient basis for the discussion of the light environment. When one beings to study activities as a Lighting Detective, one realises that opposite values coexist in today's light environment. there is both "heroic light" that affects us profoundly and "criminal light" that should evoke indignation and censure.
the mission of the Lighting Detectives is to search for a better relationship between humanity and light by praising heroes and censuring villains. However, there is a fine line separating entities. A hero to some may be seen as a villain to others. It all depends on the age, sex and nationality of the observer and the period in which the observation is made.
We go to places where light is found and observe, detect, and gather experiences to understand lighting on a deeper level. We leave our books behind and go out into the streets where physical examples of lighting are found.