Every three years at the end of January, the city of Ghent in Belgium changes into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland. International artists set up light installations and projections, making the city shine over a 5 km walking tour. Here are 12 of my favorite light attractions.
‘The Cloud’ by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs, that you can switch on and off by pulling the strings.
A slideshow of colorfoul drawings, projected against the walls by artist Claudia Reh.
Are we nowhere, or are we now here?
Nowhere by Nathalie Chambart. Sometimes the whole word lits up, sometimes it’s just ‘now’, or ‘where’, or ‘we’. Makes you think!
Dozens of luminous globes, lighting up in synchrony to rhythmic tunes.
Yep, it’s a giant luminous rabbit in the middle of a square.
Hundreds of meters of light-exuding rope, tied together to different buildings. By ‘Them’ sculptures.
This was one of my favorites! A subtle play of light and shadow inside an abandoned building, made by Arf&Yes.
Spot the fish
Spread around the city, giant animals pop up behind shop windows, like this goldfish. Great fun.
Drawings in the sky
A twelve meter wire sculpture mobile by artist Ralf Westerhof, suspended above the river.
Message on the wall
Random LED boards spread around the city, likes this one underneath a bridge.
A video projection on the St. Pieters Abbey in Ghent. Loud and impressive! Not the best picture, I was filming most of the time.
Feeling dizzy already?
640.000 people visited the festival this year, spread over 4 days… See you back in January 2018!