Northern Lights, Netherlands & Israel

Northern Lights, Netherlands & Israel

ART: Best Light Art Scheme – High Budget

Northern Lights

Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jerusalem, Israel

Lighting Design:
Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Sweden

Amsterdam Light Festival & Jerusalem Light Festival

Northern Lights is a light-art piece inspired by the enthralling experience of the aurora borealis, the spectacular and poetic natural light phenomenon that occurs in the sky of the northern hemisphere.

The installation is designed to interact with the environment and the visitors. It is a carefully programmed light story performed through 100 vertically positioned light lines equipped with LED sources. The dynamic movement of the lights evokes a mesmerising and poetic sensation which interacts intimately with its surroundings. Like the real dancing lights of aurora borealis, a shimmering glow arises in an unpredictable flow of movements, occasionally vanishing and suddenly reappearing to drift in a different pace, size and colour, through the void.

The installation was created for Amsterdam Light Festival in 2015 aiming to integrate something of the northern sky experience into the beautiful and unique ambiance of the city of Amsterdam where this phenomenon would never appear in its natural form. For a period of seven weeks the light work was stretched over the Amstel River, in front of Blauwbrug and the National Opera & Ballet. Northern Lights was inaugurated by HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during the grand opening of the Amsterdam Light Festival on November 28, 2015. The festival attracted more then 800 000 visitors.

In May 2016, invited by the Jerusalem Light Festival, Northern Lights travelled to the Holy Land to dwell within the walls of the ancient Old City, just beside the Jaffa Gate and under the Tower of David. With the backdrop of the historical Jerusalem City Wall dating from the era of Suleyman the Magnificent the poetry of the Northern Lights attained a dreamlike interaction with the winds of the warm dark Jerusalem nights. The Jerusalem Light festival attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors during its seven days.

Northern Lights was created by Stockholm-based visual artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic and realized in collaboration with Amsterdam Light Festival.