- Vivian Teo
Is the Digital Light Canvas display at Marina Bay Sands worth your $5?
Updated: Dec 26, 2020
The Digital Light Canvas display is an interactive digital art installation at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore that’ll let you chase shoals of fish, and marvel at unfolding calligraphy brushstrokes and flowers beneath your feet.
Quite honestly, we don’t frequent Marina Bay Sands often, so imagine my surprise when I realised the ice-skating rink near the MBS food hall had been replaced by the Digital Light Canvas display and that has been almost two years! *feels super suaku*
But really, we wouldn’t have come across the art installation if we weren’t at MBS for the Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum and our tickets to the exhibition came with free entry to the display.
The Digital Light Canvas has three shows - Nature’s Rhythm, Strokes of Life and Festive Celebration – all of which are accompanied by their own soundtrack. We caught the first two shows when we were at MBS. The first will have your kids chasing shoals of fish which part ways when you step on them. I thought his was pretty fun for adults too!
Like the other kids there, our girls were on their hands and feet interacting with the fish and basically enjoying sitting among the fish swimming on the LED floor. As we were not familiar with the show, we thought that was all to it and when we were about to leave, Strokes of Life came on.
It was really quite mesmerising to watch calligraphy brushstrokes unfold and flowers blossom under our feet to uplifting music. It's pretty obvious both kids and adults were more energised by this with many up on their feet watching or trying to start off the calligraphy strokes!
We didn’t get to see Festival Celebration though. The show apparently allows you to decorate a Crystal Tree with ornaments and use your phone to set off animated fireworks and light displays.
The Digital Light Canvas - which is by teamLab who is behind the installations at Future World - is definitely worth detouring to if it comes free with your Future World exhibition tickets. If not, you'll have to pay entrance fees of $5 per person (children under two enters for free).
I’m not sure if I would pay $20 for four tickets for our family of four to enter the attraction – our tickets to Future World is double of that but there is so much more to see and do at the exhibition – and our kids only spent less than half-an-hour there.
Well, if you don’t want to spend the money, you can always view it from Level 2 which will give you a bird’s-eye view of the show, or you could grab one of the tables at the foodcourt - Rasapura Masters food hall – right next to the installation for an almost front row seat to the shows. The view is pretty stunning too!
If you're at Marina Bay Sands, we definitely think it's worth popping by the Digital Light Canvas. Whether you decide to enter the attraction or not, the shows are still a sight to behold.
Bonus tips for your trip:
- Entrance fee to the display is at S$5 per person. It’s free for children below two years old and ticket-holders of The ArtScience Museum’s Future World exhibition. Do note that children six years and below must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tickets for the Digital Light Canvas can be purchased at the B2 Retail Concierge Counter near the Rasapura Masters food hall.
Find the Digital Light Canvas at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Level B2. Opening hours at 11:30-9pm during Sun–Thu and at 11am-10pm during Friday-Satturday & eves of public holidays.
Disclaimer: Our entry to the Digital Light Canvas was free with ticket purchase to the Future World exhibition, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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