The SWA, in partnership with National Parks Board, has commissioned the following original participatory installations by Sonia Ong since 2016. Sonia conceived the interactive concept where members of the public would be invited to draw and write messages according to a theme on little cups that are then attached to christmas lights on a patterned canopy. The installation glows brighter as the night goes on and it attracts hundreds of participants and thousands of onlookers who stop to admire the little artworks every year. Over the years, Sonia has also spun off the concept to develop Lovestreets (organised by the SWA) as a way to encourage couples to get to know each other.
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A theme is decided. "In the first year, we decided on glowing ghosts since this was a fringe event of the Singapore Night Festival which always takes place during the Chinese Hungry ghost festival month. During the lunar 7th month, ghosts are thought to roam the streets and people are encouraged not to be out late. I thought it would be a fun play on the idea to encourage the public to draw their scariest or friendliest ghost to ward off the 'real' ghosts." Sonia Ong shares.
A canopy with fairy lights is set up and the public is invited to attach their little creations to the canopy.