The Lux Helsinki light festival will be held in Helsinki for the eighth time, from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 January 2016. The artworks will be on display along a new route running from the Ateneum Art Museum to Annantalo, centering on the Esplanade Park, Bulevardi and Annankatu. What is more, the festival will become a more diverse, urban event with a greater focus on street food and the visitor experience.
More than 15 of the light artworks will be created by some of the most fascinating light and media artists from Finland, France, Belgium and Canada.
The Ateneum Art Museum will display a total of three works.Jarmo Vellonen, Marikki Hakola, Epa Tamminen and JoneTakamäki have created Frontiers, which is reminiscent of an orchestra whose elements are in dialogue with each other.
Gigantic work lamps up to seven metres high have escaped from a large office to have fun in the Esplanade Park! Lampounette by the French TILT Group has featured in light festivals in countries such as the United Arab Emirates and China.
To the fore of the University of Helsinki's Porthania, visitors can see the playful Loopy Lou by Frenchman Rémi Brun. This artwork comprises a figure jumping over a skipping rope whose movements consist of just a few LED lights.
Helsinki Cathedral will be the location of a collection of works, Ilon kuvia (Images of joy), projected onto its façade. The artists behind this tranquil and silent work are Stefan Bremer, Eeva Hannula, Henna Jula, Heta Kuchka, Visa Norros, MaijuSalmenkivi, Petri Tuhkanen and Katja Tukiainen.
Kari Kola, who has designed light artwork for venues such as Prague and Paris, is the creator of Color Park to be shown in the Old Church Park. This work encourages visitors to play with light.
Cloud, which can be viewed at the crossing between Annankatu and Kalevankatu, is composed of six thousand light bulbs. The raindrops hanging from the light-bulb cloud are pull-chain switches which visitors can use to switch the bulbs off and on. This work, by Canadians Caitlind r.c. Brown andWayne Garret, has featured in several light events around the world.
Light artworks can also be seen at venues such as the Helsinki Cathedral bell tower, the Tori Quarters, on Sofiankatu, on the Esplanade Park stage, at the Erottaja Pavilion, in the window of Bar Loose and on the façade of Annantalo.
Lux Helsinki light festival includes street food, workshops and clubs