Light Visions, Frederikshavn, Denmark

Light Visions, Frederikshavn, Denmark

December 04, 2006

For seven days in November the lighting world was firmly focused on northern Denmark as the seaside town of Frederikshavn hosted Light Visions, an international symposium and light workshop arranged with cooperation of the international lighting design organization ELDA.

Students of architectural lighting from around the world teamed with prominent lighting designers to create six intriguing architectural lighting environments around the city. Besides creating visually stimulating settings for the public’s enjoyment, Light Visions set focus on Denmark as a center of lighting and lighting design education. Martin Architectural, whose manufacturing facility is located in Frederikshavn, was strongly represented, both in terms of personnel and lighting fixtures. The six lighting environments included:

Kattegat Silo: Lighting design by Jesper Garde Kongshaug (Denmark): The recently renovated and highly visible Kattegat Silo is the first building one sees when entering Frederikshavn. Triggered by the arrival and departure of ferries, full range color mixing Exterior 600 and Exterior 1200 washlights coat the Silo’s façade in national colors clearly indicative of which Scandinavian country the approaching ferry belongs, Norway, Sweden or Denmark. Reflective of the bustling rhythm of the harbor itself, this interactive installation has caused locals and visitors to stop, if just for a moment, to view the Silo whenever a ferry arrives or departs. Lighting support was provided by Marianne Hornuff (DK), Iben Kirkegaard (DK), Martin Ohlsen (DK), Olivia-Ann Calleja (Malta), Gediminas Cerniauskas (Lithuania) and Stephan Horn (Germany).

Town Hall: Lighting design by Tony Rimmer (UK): Frederikshavn’s evolution into a more architecturally aesthetic city is reflected in its Town Hall. Tony’s lighting design concept addresses the cultural and economic transformation the town is undergoing while enhancing the features of the building through a fluid, dynamic lighting scheme. Martin Cyclo IP65 fluorescent color changers were placed in each window of the first and second floors with Exterior 200 washlights used to uplight the facade. LED was used to illuminate the columns.

Money Bridge (Valuta Slangen): Lighting design by Kate Wilkins (UK): The central concept behind lighting this footbridge that connects the ferry harbor with town is the idea of movement – the movement of people, the sea, and traffic - arrival and departure. A combination of different lighting treatments, including Exterior 200 washlights placed on the ground under the bridge, turns a typical walk into an ocean of color and provides visual relief during the long, otherwise monotonous journey along the bridge.

Town Hall Park and “The Wind” (Vinden) Sculpture: Lighting design by Anukka Larsen (Finland): The challenge here was to find a fresh perception of Town Hall Park and new interpretation of Freddy Fræk's "Vinden" sculpture. Color changing light from Exterior 200s onto the sculpture turns a nighttime walk into an adventure. At dusk, people passing through the space can explore the transformation of the park from path to space with silhouettes rising from glowing trees and undergrowth.

Fishing Cottages: Lighting design by Brian Mosbacher (US): Historically, Frederikshavn's waterfront was a busy place where fishermen, dockworkers and shipbuilders came to make their living. Today, the area has a diminished industrial and economic presence. Brian’s lighting design recalls the historical atmosphere of the town and generates a feeling of being welcomed home - a shelter of light that creates inviting warmth and an element of memory. The Fishing Cottages are illuminated using Cyclo IP65’s (static lighting) together with fiber optic, conventional lighting and LED.

The Commandant's House: Lighting design by Carla Wilkins (Germany): The soul and history of The Commandants House is shown through light. The story stems from its location within an urban space, its architecture and the history of the building. The lighting design concept was developed by listening to what the house had to tell and then translating that into light.