Illuminated Helsinki


I can feel the rumble of waves,
I can sense the craggy surface of the walls,
I can see the giant angles playing in the pilars of Pantheon.

I can hear the light.

The annual art event Lux Helsinki brings thirteen different light installations into the streets, buildings and parks, this year from 4th to 8th January. Here are pictures of five of them (plus one bonus). All the captions are from Lux Helsinki website.

Senate Square: Emergence

“Emergence” is a large video projection that has been designed by the Casa Magica duo. The installation presents Helsinki Cathedral as a mythological object between the sea and the sky.

“Emergence” is a large video projection that has been designed by the Casa Magica duo. The installation presents Helsinki Cathedral as a mythological object between the sea and the sky.

Kiasma: Linear Array

“Linear Array” is a spatial light installation. Hundreds of fluorescent lamps light up the façades of Kiasma and Sanomatalo.

“Linear Array” is a spatial light installation. Hundreds of fluorescent lamps light up the façades of Kiasma and Sanomatalo.

Kansalaistori: Sodium Sun

"Sodium Sun": The old sodium lamps create a familiar coloured sun in the night sky over the city centre.

“Sodium Sun”: The old sodium lamps create a familiar coloured sun in the night sky over the city centre.

Baana: Memory of Stone

"Memory of Stone":  a strip of light follows the shapes and forms of the granite rock at the “gateway” to Baana, highlighting the surfaces of the stone bridge and the granite architecture in surprising ways.

“Memory of Stone”: a strip of light follows the shapes and forms of the granite rock at the “gateway” to Baana, highlighting the surfaces of the stone bridge and the granite architecture in surprising ways.

Hakasalmi Villa: Little Spiritis and Senate Square: Emergence (video)

Bonus: Union Axis‘ Blue line

 The Blue Line marks discreetly the inner city’s longest undivided street axis and links the extremities of Union Axis with each other.

The Blue Line marks discreetly the inner city’s longest undivided street axis and links the extremities of Union Axis with each other.

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6 Responses to Illuminated Helsinki

  1. Very intreresting, Olli. Thanks for sharing…

  2. rigbyte says:

    Gilding the lily. Clever, but…

    • … IMHO, these temporary light (and sound) installations are great in the middle of the dark winter.😉

      • rigbyte says:

        No need to be humble, I understand, it’s just that the buildings are so beautiful without being drenched in multicoloured tattoos. On the other hand there must be plenty of ugly, plain unimaginative modern buildings that would benefit from being decorated in a festival of light. I did like the colour of the tunnel… does that redeem me? And I enjoyed looking at the photographs, it’s just that I’m an irritating purist sometimes, for which I apologise.

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