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Light Festival radiates symbols of friendship across Amsterdam’s canals
As winter days become slightly longer, the Amsterdam Light Festival draws to a close. City streets illuminated with boldly glowing artwork start will begin to fade, marking the end of the darkest period of the year. Whether visitors boated the Water Colours route, or walked the Illuminade tour, over 30 installations featured in this year’s festival all celebrated the theme of Friendship. The event brought together light artists and designers from across the globe to present their latest work soaring over or immersed within Amsterdam’s famous waterways, expressing timely messages by contemporary means.
Some of the artists and designers focused on pertinent social issues affecting many today. Alaa Minawi’s My Light Is Your Light presents six refugee figures standing on a dock, outlined by the artist with curved neon tubes to release a soft muted glow. Minawi’s monument is dedicated to those who are displaced in a bustling city, finding hope in the future of a new environment. Bands of Friendship by Indian architects Santosh Gujar and Vikas Patil reflects the gaze of individuals from outside the EU looking towards the continent with optimism and admiration. The artwork – comprised of a selection of multi-coloured rings to symbolize endless friendship – has been positioned in such a way to encourage passers-by to interact with the work as the bands take on both new dimensions and meaning when viewed from various angles.
From Dutch artists Karel de Boer, Ward Kreykamp, Ivo Hulskamp and Stephan Schagen, Merry go round Europe brings child-like delight and nostalgia to all. A carousel and swings both whirl joyfully, splashing jets of water around itself to remind spectators to not always take life so seriously and drift away into fantasy from time to time. Communication without words led Hungarian light artist Viktor Vicsek’s to create Talking Heads, two busts sharing emotion through changing expression and colours sparked by interaction with passing boats. Unlike humans, these heads don’t communicate via muscles but through all the possibilities of light, 4000 individually controllable LEDs to be exact.