With gorgeous light constructions by artists, designers, engineers and architectural studios from all over the world, the Dutch city of Eindhoven was transformed into a giant exhibition during the annual Glow festival. For seven nights, homes, public buildings and squares, art galleries, empty construction sites and even the gorgeous parks surrounding the Dommel River were decorated with recycled PET sculptures and hundreds of LED light installations. Click through our exclusive photos to discover how Glow sheds new light on to the post-industrial Dutch city.
Glow shines annually during the second week of November in the southern city of Eindhoven, called The City of Light because it is where the company Philips was born. The festival provides an opportunity for worldwide creatives to present light art and design applications using the latest technologies, and attracts around 650,000 visitors each year. Since its first edition in 2006, Glow has been transforming public urban buildings as well as natural locations into a fantastic winter wonderland event.
The show turned on its lights from 18.30 to midnight, responding to this years’ theme ‘Nature & Architecture.’ Visitors are directed to the Glow Route, along which it is possible to check out the various projections and mappings that turned buildings’ facades into giant canvas. There were also crafty installations made by school kids who recycled PET bottles into insects and brilliant hanging lamps.
The waters of the river Dommel, which runs through the city surrounded by greenery, were used to reflect a stunning LED Light Wave. The incandescent light bulb, first mass-produced in the city, was also part of the show, and there was a forest of giant glowing dandelions also made from recycled PET.
Eindhoven’s 2015 Glow festival ran from November 7-14 in the Netherlands.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat