Singapore art installation lights up French festival

SINGAPORE - For the second year running, a Singaporean art installation has been showcased at the La Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) in Lyon, France.

The Wishing Tree, as the entry is known, was crafted by social enterprise The Living Project (TLP).

TLP aims to create positive social behavioural change through collaborative art and community involvement.

The 20-member team from Singapore was the only Asian team invited to submit an entry at the festival, held from Dec 6-9.

In addition to TLP members, special needs artists from the Christian Outreach to the Handicapped were also part of the team.

The Wishing Tree saw over 30,000 visitors at the festival, which attracts four million people each year.

Visitors were invited to write their wishes on strips fastened to a weight with LED lights. These were then suspended from the tree branches. Over the festival period, more than 3,000 wishes were made.

The tree sculpture was crafted by artist and TLP co-founder Sun Yu-li, while light architect Vellachi Ganesan designed its lighting.

Visitors were led to the tree through a flower garden and a double spiral. Flora in the flower garden were made from milk bottles.

Designed by artist Khor Tuck Kuan, they were made as part of a community-based project. The flowers debuted earlier this year at the Luminance Festival, held at *Scape Youth Park.

The double spiral, which covered the base of the tree, was made from 7,000 plastic bottles collected at the Lyon Marathon in October. These bottles were then cut into twirls by special needs students from a French school, Lycée du Premier Film.

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