traditional light displays in the Tampere city centre will be accompanied by
several new light events as the evening sky darkens. At the darkest time of the
year you can see the city in a whole new light, thanks to the brightening
effects of the Valovoimainen Pirkanmaa ('Brilliant Pirkanmaa') project.
Hämeenpuisto, Market Hall, Christmas Market, Tammerkoski and Pyynikki areas
will each have a turn to play host to the light installations. The different sites will
create a ribbon of light.
lights will shine at one site for 1 to 2 weeks at a time in the evenings, after
which they will move on to the next. The
chain of events will continue into the new year, ending on 8 January.
site, Hämeenpuisto, has been illuminated by lighting designer Roope Siiroinen. His piece Hehku ('glow')
brings light, life and warmth to the grey November environment, which is a
challenge for light. The glowing
corridor, lit with warm light, and the interspersed spots lit with cool light give
life to the area and bring it together. The spot-lit park benches beckon people to come and be
a part of the installation.
beginning of December the spotlight will be on the Market Hall, where an
installation by Timo Alhanen and Jaakko Kiukkanen will create a nostalgic
the light will travel from the Market Hall to the Christmas Market, whose
installation was designed by Timo "Gain" Kainulainen and Tommi Stolt.
for the turn of the year is an installation on the shores of the Tammerkoski, which
will tell a three-minute light story every half hour. The installation was designed by Roope Siiroinen and
Katja Muttilainen. The installation
accentuates the power of the rapids and brings the factory landscape to life.
installation in the event, on display from 2 through 8 January, was designed by
students of visual art and communications at the Tampere University of Applied
Sciences. In this work, the
Pyynikki observation tower will be clothed with light. The technical aspects of all sites will be handled by
Eastway Sound & Lighting Oy.
to project manager Markus Joonas, the retreat of incandescent lamps from the
market has led to thoughts about the future of the light city’s light displays. It is unlikely that the
popular light displays will be removed completely, although their technical
execution will need to be modified. Joonas
would like city residents to provide their thoughts about adding some
installations such as the ones in this event alongside the traditional light
displays in the city.
like to encourage discussion and hear people’s opinions about the light events. Based on the feedback we
receive we will make a plan outlining the contents of future Tampere Illuminations
events," says Joonas.
Valovoimainen Pirkanmaa project would like to draw attention to the power of
light. In the project, the
dark time of year is a target for development and light creates the attraction. The project also brings
together industry players. A
comprehensive lighting plan will be drawn up for Tampere and its neighbouring
municipalities, detailing models for functional and beautiful use of light.
The light events are
organised in as part of the region-wide Valovoimainen Pirkanmaa project, which in
turn is part of the Creative Tampere programme. The project is funded mainly by
the European Regional Development Fund.
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