F. Floating Countries
‘GLOW for kids; the success formula that turns schoolchildren into light wizards!’
CultuurStation will organise a project for primary school children for the seventh year running. After the Lampenkappen (2011), the Bloemenzee (2012), the Fladderaars (2013), the Squares (2014), the Kroonlichters (2015) and the Cocons (2016), more than 1100 schoolchildren from twenty primary schools in Eindhoven will create floating islands for this year’s DRIJFLANDEN theme.
The children will build scale models of their own imaginary island using neon materials and techniques. These floating luminescent islands will be moored at the river Dommel. The islands will be bathed in black light to create the glowing light art installation contributed by Eindhoven’s schools.
As a child in Eindhoven, you learn how to do magical things with light at an early age! 30 primary schools; 100 classes and 2,200 children participated in this project.
This work of art is sponsored by the Harry Roumen Foundation.
Primary school children + Cultuurstation & Scharrelkunst - Sabien Rutten
Visual artist Sabien Rutten initiated the light artwork FLOATING COUNTRIES in cooperation with the ‘Cultuurstation’ Foundation. Cultuurstation connects primary schools in Eindhoven with other local, cultural institutions and artists to artistically inspire children. In order to support their teachers, they developed an instruction letter how to design and create the FLOATING COUNTRIES. Additionally, a workshop has been given at the schools to hand over artful tips, technical possibilities and instructions on the use of materials.
The last couple of years, GLOW for KIDS has turned out to be an enormous success. The project contributes to the creative development of children but also offers them a unique experience: to discover their very own work of art in the middle of the GLOW light artworks, in the company of their parents, teachers or other children.
photo: Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie