Today, GLOW also surprises, connects and inspires renewal throughout the year. Light artworks that reflect the legacy of GLOW will remain visible in the city beyond the original date of the light art festival. Scattered throughout the city centre you’ll find unique light artworks which tell a story about (the history) of the location or city. Accessible for everyone to enjoy!
Two Chimneys - Location: Strijp-T - Artist: Hugo Vrijdag
The two striking chimneys of the former power plant at Eindhoven Strijp-T have been transformed into a permanent light artwork. The artwork was a gift to the city by the Strijp-T development team and was designed by Hugo Vrijdag (1970). His assignment for this light artwork: create an appealing and iconic "landmark" that matches the innovative Strijp area.
Friday treats the two chimneys “like a canvas on which you can apply images with multicolor laser projection”. It uses six RGB 7-Watt lasers. During GLOW 2020 he showed a sneak preview with his projection 'Connecting the Dots'. From December, Hugo Vrijdag presents the story entitled "Lichtfietsers en Luchtkastelen" translated as "Cyclists of light and castles in the air". An ode to inventors who are inspired by flora and fauna.
In the first year, Friday will provide the canvas with stories. For the further development of the chimneys, Vrijdag also seeks collaboration with others. He wants to invite other parties, for example students, to create light artworks on the chimneys. By involving multiple parties in the story, it becomes an interactive work of art that communicates with the city and responds to current events.
SUNSEEKER - Location: Victoriapark - Artist: VANTOT
SUNSEEKER is a contemporary, sustainable and interactive form of street lighting in Eindhoven, but can also be considered a work of light art. A 500-meter-long string of light modules serves as aesthetic signage during the day, a guide at night, and the connecting route between the station and Strijp.
The pendulum of umbrella-shaped lanterns meets the ambition of the municipality to create an energy-neutral park with the Victoria Park to provide the surrounding homes with energy. With this project, the designers make us think about sustainability in a different way by letting us experience an alternative, dynamic and poetic lighting designs that create wonder and imagination.
Sunlight during the day ensures that the lights can also burn at night. The lamps in the SUNSEEKER can be programmed so that the light can dim, change color or become brighter as soon as people walk by. The skylight serves as signage, guide in the night and forms a connecting route from A to B, such as from the center of Eindhoven to Strijp. During the day, the spectacle can be experienced by the lanterns moving towards the sun. The bottom of the ring of the lighting module also lights up like a halo when you are lying or walking in the park.
SUNSEEKER is the result of a collaboration between various parties. Eindhoven designer duo Sam van Gurp and Esther Jongsma set up studio VANTOT together. With their studio, they took on the role of project leader and bridge builder between the creative world and other participants such as the municipality of Eindhoven and the province of Brabant, and regional specialists such as builders, project developers, engineers, solar cell suppliers and research centers.
Focus - Location: Viaduct Welschapsedijk - A2, Eindhoven - Artist: Motion Paintings
From November 2020, the walls under the viaduct for the A2 on the Welschapsedijk have been changed into a graphic design, which seems to be changed by dynamically colored LED lighting.
The design comes from the Amsterdam-Eindhoven collective Motion Paintings.
The designers are inspired for their new work by the development of electron microscopes by the company Thermo Fisher Scientific. Similar to the operation of a microscope, special LED lighting causes different layers of color in the design to change. This creates an illusion of movement and the graphics come to life. The design can be seen as a playful, artistic exploration of cellular, molecular and atomic worlds. Motion Paintings strives to make the hidden molecular world more accessible to the general public.
The artwork on the Welschapsedijk is part of the Overbruggen project. The city of Eindhoven is pursuing a number of practical goals by painting tunnels. The painting protects the concrete, has a function in preventing vandalism and is good for social safety. A total of thirteen works of art will be realized that show what happens behind the usually closed doors of the high-tech production industry in the region. To this end, collaborations are facilitated between artists or designers and production companies from the region. Under the initiative of Overbruggen, two viaducts have already been provided with works of art inspired by the Eindhoven high-tech industry: Elburglaan / Tilburgseweg and Anthony Fokkerweg / Beatrixkanaal.
The light artwork was partly realized with the support of GLOW.
Loom Light - Location: Kanaaldijk-Zuid - Artist: Titia Ex
Recently, the light monument by visual artist Titia Ex was installed, a tribute to Jan Zwartendijk, and many other invisible heroes of resistance from the region during the Second World War. The interactive lightwork, entitled "Loom Light", marks 75 years of living in freedom. The work, with a diameter of approximately 3.50 meters, extends from 4.50 meters to almost 6 meters high.
Jan Zwartendijk (1886 - 1976) was director of the Philips office in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1939. When the Second World War broke out, the Dutch government in exile appointed Zwartendijk deputy consul in Lithuania. In that capacity, he saved the lives of Jewish refugees in this country by issuing them visas for Curacao in July 1940. He created this escape route in collaboration with the Japanese ambassador Chiune Sigihara, amongst others. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 and the Russian annexation of Lithuania in 1940, the Jewish in Lithuania had to fear for their lives.
Titia Ex emphatically opts for a dynamic monument that refers to this history and that also moves with our time. It is a book in which you never get leafed out and always find new insights. She invites the viewer to experience the many meanings she has put into it. The work is also interactive and responds to the approaching visitor. The artist transforms this conscious action into a dynamic light motif. With this, Ex indicates how important the acting role (even small) of each individual is, in giving direction to the future.