When does GLOW 2020 take place?
GLOW 2020 took pace form 12 to 14 november. GLOW was be very different this year! No selected light artworks or large groups of people on the street, that was irresponsible. But we created a unique moment that everyone will remember for a long time!
The light artwork 'Connecing the Dots' put the city of Eindhoven in the light for a certain period of time. Eindhoven was wrapped in a mantle of blue light! For a certain period of time a magical blue sky appeared, filled with 1000 floating red dots scattered all over the city and thousands of homemade small red dots in front of the windows.
What is 'Connecting the Dots?'
The annual GLOW light festival in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, gave a message of hope to the world this year with the creation of the largest site- specific light artwork ever created. 'Connecting the Dots' was a city-wide project with three central elements. First, the creation of a sea of beautiful red dots floating throughout the city. 1,000 LED-powered
lamps, designed by light artist Ivo Schoofs, spreading light inside and out. Plus over 20,000 lamps made by the city’s residents and around the rest of the world, hung in their windows at home. A project of 20,000 artists, led by designer Hugo Vrijdag. The result was a sea of metaphors upon which anyone, and everyone, can project their thoughts about a person, a dream, a vision, an opinion or an idea.
The third element of this unique artwork was a spectacular blue night sky – a blue dome projection by Finnish light artist Kari Kola. An up-lifting warm-blue blanket that wrapped around and embraced you.
The result is a beautiful blue sky speckled with fixed and floating red dots, lighting up the city from the inside out to create an unforgettable, moving experience that everyone can enjoy.
Is this the world’s largest city illumination art piece?
Yes! The work covered 80 square kilometres. Buildings and locations have been highlighted before. Kari Kola himself has also done large-scale lighting projects. With his work ‘Luminous Finland 100’, he set six locations spread across Finland alight, in blue light in honour of the country's 100th anniversary. He then turned his attention to the beauty of the mountains of Connemara in Ireland, where he and his team created their greatest work to date under the name "Savage Beauty". However never before has a light artwork covered an area of 80 square kilometres. The 1,500 LED lights will light up an area larger than a total of 100 stadiums.
Why have you decided to go ahead this year?
It is all the more important in these difficult and uncertain times in which we cannot meet with each other, have no outings, cannot exercise together, cannot work together in the office, that we send a signal in which we offer comfort and hope. We wanted to rethink and look at what was possible instead of impossible. Something positive that takes you out of your bubble for a moment and shows that you are not alone in this world. We need art, without art there is no reflection on life. Light is an accessible art form, just like music: everyone can relate to it. And again: light is life.
Is the project sustainable?
The LED lamps from Kari Kola have a long lifespan: on average 15 to 20 years. So he can re-use them in subsequent projects. They are up to 90% more energy efficient than a regular light bulb. They have no heat loss, so they are safe. They do not contain harmful substances and can be recycled in ten / fifteen years. They are cold and water resistant. They have no start-up time: which means they burn immediately at full capacity.
The red dots from Ivo Schoofs will be recycled.
- 80 percent of the helium is recovered by the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e)
- The LED lights inside the balloon will be re-used by Ivo Schoofs in future projects
- The balloons will be re-used for a new art piece by Jalila Essaïdi, a Dutch Bio Art Designer
Also a large part of the city lighting is dimmed earlier especially for GLOW.