Northern Lights in Amsterdam

November 28, 2015 - January 17, 2016, Amsterdam Light Festival

Northern Lights is a light-art piece inspired by the enthralling experience of the aurora borealis, the spectacular and poetic natural light phenomenon that occurs in the sky of the northern hemisphere.

The installation is designed to interact with the environment and the visitors. It is a carefully programmed light story performed through 100 vertically positioned light lines equipped with LED sources. The dynamic movement of the lights evokes a mesmerising and poetic sensation which interacts intimately with its surroundings. Like the real dancing lights of aurora borealis, a shimmering glow arises in an unpredictable flow of movements, occasionally vanishing and suddenly reappearing to drift in a different pace, size and colour, through the void.

The installation was created for Amsterdam Light Festival in 2015 aiming to integrate something of the northern sky experience into the beautiful and unique ambiance of the city of Amsterdam where this phenomenon would never appear in its natural form. For a period of seven weeks the light work was stretched over the Amstel river, in front of Blauwbrug and the National Opera & Ballet. Northern Lights was inaugurated by HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during the grand opening of the Amsterdam Light Festival on November 28, 2015. The festival attracted more then 800 000 visitors.

Photo: The Best Friend

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