The i Light Marina Bay festival, Asia’s First Sustainable Light Art Festival
The free outdoor event directed by Mary-Anne Kyriakou runs from 15 October to 7 November 2010, and features LAVA's giant digital origami tigers.
The big cats playfully celebrated Chinese New Year on the forecourt of Customs House, Sydney in February 2010, and went on to tour Kuala Lumpur, and Berlin as part of a WWF Year of the Tiger awareness campaign.
The crouching digital tigers combine ancient lantern making methods with cutting edge digital design and fabrication technology, bringing east and west together through tradition and innovation.singapore morning tv interview
The tigers are inspired by “zhezhi”, a Chinese term for paper folding, more popularly known by its Japanese name “origami”. Traditional Chinese lantern makers in Sichuan province, where lantern making has been taking place for over 800 years.
The tigers are the size of a boat at 2.5 metres high and 7 metres long yet weigh only 200kgs and use fully recyclable materials, aluminium and barrisol, a new light weight reusable stretch material. Pulsating low energy LED lighting brings the sculptures to life.
The tigers are a project by Chris Bosse of LAVA and Jennifer Kwok of Customs House.