In January nights in Finland can feel endlessly long as we only have 6 hours of daylight. Luckily we have a tiny bit of white snow in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, too so it is not completely dark. However more light is needed to cheer people up during the darkest time of the year. And we did get some more light into the city as the Lux Helsinki Light Festival started a couple of days ago.
During 5 days (6–10 Jan 2016, 5–10 pm) the annual Lux Helsinki Light Festival illuminates Helsinki city centre with luminous artwork by talented artists from around the world. I have visited Lux Helsinki Light Festival each year but this time I was more impressed than ever. Most of the installations were very creative and full of clever ideas.
This year the focus was clearly on customer experience, more than ever before. The artwork were not scattered around in different parts of the city like before, now they formed a clear route to follow in the heart of Helsinki stunningly highlighting the most imposing monuments of the city with all possible colours and patterns. It felt like an exciting and colourful wonderland in the darkness.
My favourite light installation was They were here at Tori Quarters. Here you could really feel, see and almost hear the former residents of the oldest quarter of Helsinki live and play around. What a wonderful piece of history from long ago!
The playful game of colours projected onto the surface of Helsinki Cathedral at Senate Square was truly what the name of the light installation promised: Images of Joy.
The artwork Megamap at the bell tower of Helsinki Cathedral was an interesting collection of stories that stimulated imagination and opened up senses.
One of the highlights of the Lux Helsinki Light Festival was the CLOUD sculpture with 6.000 light bulbs. It did put plenty of happy smiles on people’s faces as it allowed people to play by pulling the raindrop-like pull chain switches to turn the bulbs on and off.
These two signs Nowhere and An’ She Said Yea reflected vibrant city life and broadway musicals, to me at least.
At Esplanade Park I loved how Lampounette, giant desk lamps with their colourful beams of light had escaped from the office to have some fun in the city centre.
It was impressive to see how the artists of Medicine City had used tens of thousands of empty aluminium medicine packages to create a compelling cityscape by night.
The ambience at Old Church Park was very mystical and the installation clearly respected the history of the place. Here you get to experience two installations: Colour Park and Lantern Park. The Colour Park allows people to play with light by using motion and proximity sensors to change the colour of the work.
The atmospheric Lantern Park in turn features 250 lanterns, anything and everything from high heels to Russian matryoshk dolls.Did you like this blog post? Read more about Helsinki: