The light projection “Kelvin”, created by the Hamburg based artist Till Nowak, establishes a new definition of a major landmark and a unique artistic expression of the city.
“Kelvin” focuses on several permanent and changing states, such as, the stability of architecture, its functionality, the changing cycles of seasons, as well as, day and night, and climate temperature.
The installation consists of light lines matching the shape of the building in connection to color lights that change according to daily temperature.
The white lines act as a symbiosis of light and architecture. They are custom-tailored for the tower and represent an imaginary view into the building’s base structure. At the same time, they are created to visually resemble water pipe networks and flowing water. At night, the installation is an extension of the architectural features of the building, which otherwise can only be appreciated during daylight.
When the weather is cold the tower glows in warm colors from dusk till dawn, and when it is warm it shines in a cool, blue light. This reversion is designed to influence human sensation.
The installation’s idea was conceived to reflect a basic water function: The regulation of temperature, as well as, our dependency on water in many ways. In physical terms: The transport and storage of energy.
The 45 meter high installation utilizes four gobo projectors and two LED color changers. A gobo projector is comparable to a big, weatherproof slide projector. The projection is adjusted accurately to the building, which is made possible through a very specific technical workflow. This is a unique concept designed particularly for a permanent light installation.
On September 13, 2013, the region of Schleswig Holstein celebrated the centenary of the Rendsburg High Bridge. The celebration was not with candles, but with a lighting design installation that is to remain at the bridge after the anniversary. It’s a regional, common project that is supported by 13 communes of “Lebens- und Wirtschaftsraum” (bio and economy area), as well as by 24 communes of “Eider- und Kanalregion” (Eider and canal region).
The light art installation PASSAGE is interactive. Everyone can influence it. On each side of the river a solid stele with a metal control wheel has been installed. By turning the wheel the passers-by can choose the light color on their respective side of the bridge. When the transporter bridge is about to perform its usual function, it takes the colored light with its own spotlight and transports it to the other side of the river. Once it reaches the other side, the light can be changed again and sent back to the other side.
Thus, the art installation is a game for both pedestrians and spectators. It connects the sides of the river. It highlights the function of the transporter bridge, while also adding an abstract quality to it. The lighting design represents the transport of immaterial things, such as ideas, thoughts and characters. With different colors of light, it simultaneously draws attention to the bridge. Moreover, it is not a computer who controls it, it is not static – it is controlled by users of the transporter bridge, visitors of the bridge or inhabitants of the community. In addition to this interactive light show, there is an alternative mode for when the transporter bridge is not active. Then, the light color can be set on both sides of the river, independent from each other.
Opened at the end of May 2001 in the former Linden Brewery in Unna the Centre for International Light Art Unna is the first and only museum worldwide dedicated exclusively to Light Art.