LUX Helsinki 2023 Festival, Downtown Neon Lights Night Walk, Finland
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Lux Helsinki 2023 will take place across the city from 4 to 8 January 2023.
The collections of artworks can be seen in the downtown area, Ruoholahti and Suvilahti.
More artworks from Lux Helsinki can be seen in the city’s cultural and regional centers, as well as Korkeasaari.
More than half a million visitors come to admire the festival every year.
ACT 1: The Physical Possibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Maxim Velčovský (CZE)
Composed of burnt-out cars from the war in Ukraine.
The burnt wrecks provide insight into the horrific situation of Ukrainian cities.
The cars on display in the installation were imported directly from war-affected areas.
Each car is represented with its own story, READ MORE
ACT 2: Abstract by Maxime Houot (FRA)
Movement, sound and light intertwine in Abstract.
It presents a 20 minute repeating loop inspired by the concept of relativity.
Time can be thought of as a vertical dimension in which the pixels travel.
This movement is used to freeze time while the audience remains grounded.
ACT 3: Whale Ghost by Pitaya (FRA)
Dots of Light move in the sky and gradually concentrate to materialize the silhouette of a sea creature.
The installation is an 18 meter long kinetic and light sculpture that develops above the audience.
The general shape is a reminiscent of large marine mammals, or of fossil skeletons as they are usually seen in natural history museums.
The glowing dynamic light is also a reference to these strange creatures of light that have been seen reaching deep into the oceans.
The installation invites the audience to reflect on the impact of humans on our biodiversity.
In « Whale Ghost » the audience thus witnesses the poetic dance of what could be the ghost of the last remaining whale.
ACT 4: L’Envol by Pitaya (FRA)
A flock of migratory birds has settled in the trees of the City for a while.
High in the branches and in the trees, their white light creates a serene and very contemplative atmosphere.
The birds are like urban origamis and are organically installed as light jewels to reveal the beauty of the trees.
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