As one of the few things during corona has over 30 light installations been set up as oasis of lights in the winter cold season during Copenhagen Light Festival, that will go on until 27th. of February. Darkness gives the light a poetic perspective during the corona restriction in Denmark.

In Denmark you can only meet in groups of 5. In public spaces you need to be able to keep a 2 meter distance.

The need to come out and see the lights amazed the organisers.

A work is called “Corona – the Black Hole Sun”. It is a red ring on the wall of The Nordic House along the inner city canal by Kollision. The work is a re-creation of the recognizable corona, that occurs during a solar eclipse. The artist from Kollission explains” … our entire basis of existence has been put out of play for a short while.”

At the water channel reflects “Dichroic Sphere”in the waters. It is a single light bulb lightning colourful dichroic foil. It is creatively made by internationally acclaimed light artist Jakob Kvist.

“The Sun Horse” is artist Karen T painting on The National Museum of Denmark’s wall in a projectors light. The Sun Horse is one of the oldest findings in Denmark and here seen in a new light.

“Trick Of The Tail” by Arthur Steijn (Holland) is The Little Mermaid, that sits in Copenhagen, under the water swimming away from life on earth, to a natural underwater habitat where other mermaids live. It reminds us of lives – we can not live.

Arthur Steijn from Holland also contributed with  “Car Park Holiday”, that comments on “holidays, traveling, memories and the anonymity of driving on the highway. The audience is encouraged to take a closer look at the installation and find their own stories based on their memories and observations”.

The old danish stock exchange from 1620 with lights coming out of the tower is called “Slør” (translate. “Veil” by Bål&Brand (translate. Bonfire & Fire). The artist group explains that “a veil waves out of the historic tower and blows a wind of change over the building and inner Copenhagen”.

The opening of the festival took place as an online opening in the old building.

Many things are on-line due to corona. An on-line map and a mobil app show the routes to each location of the light installation and at each light-art can people listen to the idea of the light art over the mobile phone. 

There are routes on 3, 5 and 10 km., that people can walk, run or bike. 

During the festival will there  be pop-up events, like light angels in 4 groups of 5 light angels that will appear as pop-up events running along the walk, run and bike routes passing the light installations.

The whole light festival is sponsored with green energy from a big danish power supplier.

The  “Copenhagen Light Festival” is happening for the 4th. time, but it seems like a new event that will light up Copenhagen for every February in the future.

SHOTLIST:

  1. OLD DANISH STOCK EXCHANGE WITH LIGHTS COMING OUT OF TOWER. “SLØR” BY BÅL&BRAND
  2. LIGHT ANGLES RUNNING AT BUILDING WITH RAINBOW COLOURS.
    LOUIS POULSEN HEADQUARTER ON HOLMEN.
    “GATES OF DIVERSITY” BY JAKOB KVIST.
  3. RED RINGS ON WALL “CORONA” BY KOLLISION.
  4. SOUNDBITE JESPER KONGSHAUG (ENG), CURATOR AND HEAD OF BOARD COPENHAGEN LIGHT FESTIVAL:
    “We are so happy, thankful and proud of having, I guess, the only lighting festival of the year. I can not express how many people have been doing an extra effort to make this possible, but we have suddenly been working for a long stretch and it it amazing to see all this people suddenly appear, going around the city.
  5. RED RINGS ON WALL “CORONA” BY KOLLISION.
  6. DICHROIC SPHERE – BULB LIGHTS UP THE AREA AROUND WITH COLOURFUL HELP FROM DICHROIC FOIL.
  7. THE SUN HORSE by Karen T 
  8. TRICK OF THE TAIL by Arthur Steijn (Holland)
  9. CAR PARK HOLIDAY by Arthur Steijn (Holland)
  10. SOUNDBITE ARTHUR STEIJN, ARTIST (HOLLAND).
    “Et værk, hvor der indgår rigtig mange forskellige ting, blandt andet planter, lysende pladespiller og ikke mindst biler”.

(Translation:

“A work that includes a lot of different things, mixed plants, luminous record player and not least cars.”)

  1. OLD DANISH STOCK EXCHANGE WITH LIGHTS COMING OUT OF TOWER. “SLØR” BY BÅL&BRAND
  2. VOX-POPS:
    Elena Chirivella, Spain. Visitor.

“We are new here at Copenhagen and it is our first time at this festival and we really liked it.”
Santiago  Rebelles, Spain
“Yes, we heard about it over social media and it is fantastic really”
Elena Chirivella, Spain.Visitor.
“Yeah, we are going to make the tour to see the different spots. And yeah for the moments we are like on our own journey”.

  1. THE ICE IS MELTING AT THE PØULES on the previous Danish Foreign Ministry
  2. WAUWW – WHAT AN UNUSUALLY WONDERFUL WAVE with people in light    
                costumes running
  3. “GATES OF DIVERSITY” BY JAKOB KVIST. LOUIS POULSEN HEADQUARTER ON HOLMEN. 26 LED spotlights.
  4. SOUNDBITE JESPER KONGSHAUG (ENG), CURATOR AND HEAD OF BOARD COPENHAGEN LIGHT FESTIVAL:
    “It is a 3 kilometer route and actually there is another route of three other kilometers. People having a good time in a good distance and enjoying themselves seeing the city in a new way.”
  5. Two people watching DICHROIC SPHERE – BULB LIGHTS UP THE AREA AROUND WITH COLOURFUL HELP FROM DICHROIC FOIL.
  6. VOX-POPS CONT.:
    Sarah Dixon, UK
    “Copenhagen Light Festival is just really great in a cold February. Something to do, something to come in the town for. And even though it is cold to have something.”
    Michael Grah, UK
    “Would you say. It has brightened up your evening”
    Sarah Dixon, UK
    “It has brightened up my evening already”
  7. VOX-POPS CONT.:
    Mikkel Kabel, DK:

“The light festival in these dark times is very nice. There is some brightness in your life, gets stimulated, through the art and thinking about different stuff, you know!”

  1. OLD DANISH STOCK EXCHANGE WITH LIGHTS COMING OUT OF TOWER. “SLØR” BY BÅL&BRAND. LIGHT RUNNERS.
  2. BUBBLEDS BY RandomG

WAUWW – WHAT AN UNUSUALLY WONDERFUL WAVE with
people in light costume running.

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