“…And God Saw The Light And Said It Was Good”

Yesterday I had the pleasure of showing you the Winston-Salem Light Project in North Carolina.  Today we take a trip around the globe to see other illuminating lighting events.

First Stop New York City…

On Election Day we watched as CNN projected winner in each state; the iconic spire of the Empire State Building  displayed the race to 270 electoral votes with the building’s spiffy new LED lights—blue for the Democrat, and red for the Republican.

Tower of Empire State Building Election Night 2012

Two days ago the buildings new energy-efficient LED lights were on full display again, swaying in sync to the music of Alecia Keys tunes “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind.”   This is the first ever light show for the building, word is, it won’t be the last!

Synchronized Light Show Empire State Building 2012

Each November the Glow Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands buts on a fantastic show.  let’s have a look at the 2011 show, designed by  Luminarie De Cagna

30,000 LED lights come together to create a “Dome of Lights”,  Photo by Truus, Bob & Jan of Holland Eindhoven, Netherlands

Dome of Lights by  Luminarie De Cagna erected over statue of Aton Philips co-founder of the Philips Company (Royal Philips Electronics), Photo by Truus, Bob & Jan of Holland

Dome of Lights by Luminarie De Cagna Glow Festival  Eindhoven, Netherlands, Photo by Truus, Bobo & Jan of Holland

The Swiss Company Projektil projected 3D images onto and inside of De Catharinakerk (the Catharina Church), bring the chapel to life with both static and scrolling images.  The dazzling display both illuminating and engaging.

Catharinakerk te Endhoven, design by Projektil Glow Light Festival,  Eindhoven, Netherlands

Catharinakerk te Endhoven, design by Projektil Glow Light Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Catharinakerk te Endhoven, design by Projektil Glow Light Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands

If one weren’t a believer yet, try the heavenly Renaissance & Romanesque LED “Cathedral of Lights”  At the 2012 Light Festival (held in January) in Ghent Belgium, also a creation of  Luminarie De Cagna.

2012 Light Festival, by Luminarie De Cagna, Ghent, Belgium.

2012 Light Festival, by Luminarie De Cagna, Ghent, Beliugm

2012 Light Festival,  by Luminarie De Cagna in Ghent, Belgium

Each year in October, Berlin is turned in to a large light festival for 2 weeks.  Artists from around the world light up over 70 famous landmarks throughout the city.

Brandenburg Gate Festival of Lights Berlin

Berlin Cathedral in the Museum Island district Festival of Lights Berlin

Festival of Light Berlin

In the park, Festival of Lights Berlin

And finally each November Loy Krathong festival takes place on the evening of the full moon in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.  In an incredibly beautiful and simplistic display, a host of thousands of ‘khom loy’ (floating lanterns) are launched into the night sky.  Along with these lanterns bad spirits and misfortune are expelled.

Floating lanterns  launched at Loy Kratong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A unique view of a “khom loy” with back-drop of fireworks at Loy Kratong Festival, Photo Bob Asawa (above) & Mark Fischer (beneath)

Floating lanterns at Loy Kratong Festival, Photo By Bob Asawa & Mark Fischer

Fireworks and lanterns at Loy Kratong Festival, Photo by Bob Asawa & Mark Fischer

lanterns float away at Loy Kratong Festival Chiang Mai, Thailand

I guess this puts Christmas decorating in a whole new “light”.  Tell me what you think.

Benji

At Sunset in November…

Each November after the sun sets, the faculty and students at University Of North Carolina School of the Arts transform the city-scape of Downtown Winston-Salem, with a delightful and amazing state of the art show of illumination.  The project launches the annual Six Days in November Festival; an event full of music, plays and performances.  But for me, the highlight of the week is the light show.

This year UNCSA, illuminated Winston Square Park with large inflatables animated with projection lighting.  Here are a few images of the 2012 show and previous shows…

Winston Square Park Winston-Salem Light Project 2012

Winston Square Park Winston-Salem Light Project 2012

Winston Square Park Winston-Salem Light Project 2012

The Stevens Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2011

The Stevens Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2011

The Stevens Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2011

Stevens Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2011

Stevens Center  Winston-Salem Light Project 2011

Window Winston-Salem Light Project 2010

The Winston-Salem Journal Building Winston-Salem Light Project 2010

Downtown 4th Street Winston-Salem Light Project 2010

The Pepper Building Winston-Salem Light Project 2009

The Pepper Building Winston-Salem Light Project 2009

The Pepper Building Winston-Salem Light Project 2009

The Pepper Building Winston-Salem Light Project 2009

 The 2008 Project was the first and, in my opinion, most spectacular of them all!

The Millennium Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2008

The Millennium Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2008

The Millennium Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2008

The Millennium Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2008

The Millennium Center Winston-Salem Light Project 2008

Tomorrow we’ll look at other November light festivals around the globe.

Benji