For many, traveling to Norway or Iceland to witness the famous Northern Lights might seem unattainable. However, those in Singapore will soon have the opportunity to experience something similar.

Gardens by the Bay will soon host an art installation called Borealis, which replicates the visual and atmospheric elements of the Northern Lights by combining layers of light and cloud particles to illuminate the night skies of Supertree Grove. Accompanied by a soundtrack from French composer Guillaume Desbois, this promises to be a surreal experience right in sunny Singapore.

Northern Lights in Singapore

(Photo: Gardens By The Bay)

Created by artist Dan Acher based in Switzerland, Borealis has been showcased in various cities worldwide, including Seoul and Birmingham, drawing large crowds who have been highly impressed. One visitor described it as “amazing and unforgettable.”

Borealis has travelled to more than 40 cities across Europe, Australia, Asia and the US, and the experience at Gardens by the Bay will mark its first time in Singapore.

According to Acher’s website, Borealis is both an artistic creation and a technological marvel. The interplay of light beams and particle clouds creates the illusion, but the outcome is unpredictable due to variations in wind, humidity, and temperature. Nature ultimately dictates the final display.

Thirty lasers and machines that generate cloud particles are mounted on the trunks of the Supertrees to create the effect of the Northern Lights. PHOTO: The Straits Times

It will join the staple line-up of night activities at Supertree Grove, such as the nightly Garden Rhapsody light and sound show.

When can you see the Borealis, Northern Lights installation in Singapore?

Admission to Borealis is free, with a preview scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm. The installation will then be open to the public from Sunday, May 5th, operating only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Further details can be found on Gardens by the Bay’s website.

Borealis, Northern Lights Show Timings

Preview

Sat, 4 May 2024
7.30pm – 8.15pm

From Sun, 5 May 2024

Every Mon
8.00pm to 8.30pm

Every Sat & Sun
9.00pm – 9.30pm

Free admission.

Location: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay

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