Seeing not just red

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” class=”man pan”][vc_column width=”1/1″ fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” style=”padding 40 px”]
Lights out in Amsterdam as the Illuminade ends.

The Amsterdam Light festival or the Illuminade switched off the lights for the walking route last night. The crisp and clear evening was the perfect finale for the walking event.  The catalogue lists 21 light sculptures along the walking (wandelen) route but there are at least one more (“Speederman”) placed in the backyard of the Hermitage. But hold it, let’s start at the c(u)ore or the heart, the center of the festival. Amsterdam is famed for its red light district but in the sculpture “178 bottles, 1 message” lust is exchanged for that of the universal symbol of love. The red rotating heart mounted on a buoy bobs in the Amstel and sets the tone for the festival.  The success of the festival owes a great deal to the progress in computer controlled LED technology able to generate multiple colors from the same light source.

The Amsterdam Light festival or the Illuminade switched off the lights for the walking route last night. The crisp and clear evening was the perfect finale for an evening stroll.  The catalogue listed 21 light sculptures along the walking (wandelen) route but there are at least one more (“Speederman”) placed in the backyard of the Hermitage. But hold it, let’s start at the c(u)ore or the heart, the center of the festival. Amsterdam is famed for its red light district but in the sculpture “178 bottles, 1 message” lust is exchanged for that of the universal symbol of love. The red rotating heart mounted on a buoy bobs in the Amstel and set the tone.  The success of the festival owes a great deal to the progress in computer controlled LED technology able to generate multiple colors from the same light source.

It was especially successful in the “Light bridge”, “On the wings of freedom” and the “Alley of light”. Among other standout works in the bike crazy Dutch capital is the “Re(bi)cycle Dome” by Vasili Popov one of a dozen or so international artists. The igloo shaped dome made from recycled bicycle rims are lit from the inside with the colors of the Dutch flag blue, red and white as well as the Dutchest of all colors the Orange which actually works best bouncing of the shiny surfaces of the rims. One of the most daring and articulate sculptures mixes light and water. The “Ghost Ship” by the Romanian collective VisualSKIN was inspired by the story of the Flying Dutchman. Four water jets shoot up into the air and lit by floodlights to form the apparent hologram of a ship. Seen from the jetty closest to it the ship is not clearly visible so this one is best viewed (and meant to be so) from a passing vessel. The boat route operated by several canal boat tour operators will remain open until 18 January. An evening canal cruise will certainly put Amsterdam in a different light.

Slide show
[rev_slider_vc alias=”illuminade”]

Share this Post

[/vc_column][/vc_row]

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.