Every year in The Netherlands, Eindhoven turns into a vibrant open-air museum of light. The Glow Festival is a free public event that displays illuminated artworks throughout city parks, street alleys, and public buildings. Click through our gallery of images to discover some of this year's installations, which blend design and technology in inspiring, groundbreaking ways.
With Philips as their main sponsor, the annual festival sheds new light on the latest technologies the company has to offer by showcasing light installations, some mapped onto public building facades and others that visitors are encouraged to interact with. Visited by more than 730.000 people, the festival features two walking routes: the Science Route, a walking loop of 2.20 miles across the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe) campus and the City Route, another of 2.6 miles path through the city center.
Featured at TUe, Tom Dekyvere’s “Cortex Machine” was a whimsical yet simple installation inspired by the intricate interrelations of geometric patterns interwoven in the brain. Back in the city we spotted Boiten & Thunissen’s “WannaPlay”, a giant interactive instrument made from 16 swings with luminary seats, connected to synths and forming a dissonant orchestra. Catharina Church’s historical facade was turned into a giant canvas mapped by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch’s hypnotic world in commemoration of his death 500 years ago and accompanied by Verdi’s dramatic “Dies Irae”.
At the design gallery and restaurant Kazerne, Simon Rycroft & Paul Thursfield‘s “Lightfall” comprised an immersive landscape of vertical LED stripes that respond to movement. Bright installations and projections weren’t the only thing GLOW had to offer this year. Van Abbemuseum’s bridge across the Dommel River was also illuminated with alternating colored lights and Gianni Colombo‘s “Project Spezio Elastico” (1967), an immersive room with a fluorescent grid, challenged guests’ perception of reality.
Eindhoven’s 2016 GLOW festival ran from November 12 to 19.
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat