As the year’s first snow descends over the Danish capital, the city is transformed into an eloquent canvas for the annual Copenhagen Light Festival. For the whole of February, Copenhagen´s city landscape, facades, urban spaces and architecture plays host to an array of light installations that playfully challenge and engage its audience.
The Wave returns
As the city slowly awakens from a long winter, the Copenhagen Light Festival explores the possibilities that light art can provide, revealing hidden spaces and giving new meaning to historic architecture. The light installations also interact wonderfully, none more than “The Wave”, making a welcome return to Ofelia Plads. The installation, moored poetically on the waterfront, was hugely popular with Copenhagen’s residents and visitors at last years festival. A visual and audio experience not to be missed. Meandering back into the city’s center, the facade of Louis Poulsen’s showroom has become a canvas for the Danish light artist, Jakob Kvist. Jakob has transformed the facade into celebrating the lighting pioneer and designer, Poul Henningsen. A short walk from the showroom, colored smoke evaporates from under the surrounding bridges, enticing the viewer into atmospheric hidden spaces.
A salute to a world of darkness
The Copenhagen Light Festival is a wonderful salute to the world of darkness and light, a marvelous platform for young lighting designers to illustrate their talents and cultural event that Copenhagen can be proud of. A word of advice for those wishing to explore the installations. Take the harbor bus ferry 992/991 and experience many of the installations at twilight time from the water. It is simply majestic.
Content & Image credits: Phillip Mills
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