Louis Poulsen teamed up with Jakob Kvist and Vanpee to create ‘Mangfoldighedens Porte’ (Gates of Diversity), a spectacular, dynamic and colourful facade lighting installation around Kuglegården. The lighting installation takes its cues from the past, present and the future of Kuglegården. With the use of 24 LED spotlights, the facades and gates of the historical buildings are illuminated to form the framework of the lighting installation.
As the dreary winter darkness falls upon the Danish landscape and the temperature drops below the freezing point, many of us are looking forward to the annual Copenhagen Light Festival with much eagerness and impatience. During this period, the historical sites, canals, harbor, bridges, streets, squares, and corporate buildings of the capital creates an enchanting backdrop to various festivities.
The festival first saw the light of day in February 2018, when the City of Copenhagen in collaboration with Tivoli Gardens decided to decorate the city with illuminating lights in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Not surprisingly, during the darkest months of winter most tourists seek warmer destinations and most Danes refuse to leave the comfort of their homes.
Therefore, the main intentions behind the ambitious project was to attract more tourists to the Danish capital and to make the inhabitants of Copenhagen enjoy their splendid city all year round. In a way, the illuminated city becomes an enlarged version of the well-known light-therapy lamps that so many Northerners depend on during the gloomiest time of year. And with each passing year, Danes and foreigners alike manage to actually thrive in the darkness thanks to this glorious – albeit highly unusual – light-therapy.
Due to the increasing number of visitors from the first to the second year, the creators of the event expect to be receiving more than 500.000 guests in just a few years. All of the art pieces and light-installations are lit from around 6 to 10 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the magnificent sights all over the city.
What all the various light-installations have in common is a poetic interpretation of universal themes such as the mysteries of human nature. As you will notice if you attend the event, many of the installations also examine the interaction between polar opposites such as light versus darkness, the good versus the bad, the underplayed versus the exaggerated, and so forth.
Another subject which is very much in focus during the February festivities is architecture. Our knowledge of town planning, urban design, and city landscapes gets challenged during these weeks. By means of incredibly creative light art, the diverse architecture of the capital city comes to life in the otherwise bleak month of February. Thus, if you are interested in art or can appreciate great architecture, you simply have to visit Copenhagen during February.
The most important theme of the event, however, is the transformative power of light, which is to be understood literally as well as figuratively. The transformative power of kindness towards each other is never to be underestimated. To be clear, this does not mean that the darkness of winter is negative. On the contrary, we see the darkness as a positive as it allows all light to shine even brighter – whether it be from the stars on the night sky or from artistic installations.
Rather, when speaking of the transformative power of light we refer to the fact that all dark places can be lit up. Just like a small candle is able to illuminate an otherwise dark room, a small act of kindness may spread joy to someone in need. As big supporters of this message and in honour of the hastily approaching event, we have put together a little throwback to the previous years…