Colourful and Cool! Lux Helsinki 2016
When I discovered that the Lux Helsinki 2016 Light Art Festival was going to coincide with my booked visit to Finland it made me beam with excitement!
Helsinki is a great city, and a little creative lighting gave it a whole new look for a few days earlier this January.
Lux Helsinki was in its eighth year and it comprised of light installations by artists from both Finland and global.
The Lights were displayed on a marked route through the centre of the city, some were projected onto the facades of iconic buildings like Helsinki Cathedral or were free-standing artworks like the huge angle-poise lamps along Esplanadi.
There was an interactive map for mobiles and tablets which I did download but it was far too cold to use my phone while I was out exploring!
I had hoped to share lots of photos from this festival but I have to confess that it was so cold I didn’t take as many photographs as I hoped.
I did however have the pleasure of meeting Instagrammer Anna-Maija (@AMTIKKA10) and her husband, and we walked around the festival together.
I love how social media can bring people into your life that you just never would have met otherwise!
As well as the light installations, the festival also comprised of street food stalls, and many cafes and restaurants partnered with the festival.
Inside some of the buildings were interactive exhibits where you could explore and play with light art – of course, our lenses steamed up the moment we stepped inside one of the buildings so definitely no photos from there!
I could have stood and watched the designs changing on Helsinki Cathedral all night – had it not been -25ºc – and the amazing ‘Megamap’ 3 dimensional projection on the nearby Bell Tower was mesmerizing.
I think my favourite installation was the neon people glowing along Sofiankatu, entitled He Olivat Täällä (They Were Here).
Created from UV painted wire these characters seemed to drift in from another time: previous residents of the Tori Quarter. It was so magical to walk among them.
Lux Helsinki certainly brings light and colour to a dark January night, it was really popular and it was great to see Helsinki buzzing with people.
The festival was completely free and ran for 5 nights. You can see and read more about Lux Helsinki on its website here.
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Have you been to any Light Festivals this winter?