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Luminale 2012


During Light + Building 2012, the streets of Frankfurt were once again flooded with light-based art and light installations.

All photos: Oliver Blum (unless stated otherwise)

The 40-metre-long interior of a container ship provided the temporary home for Resonate, a three-dimensional, interactive work that allowed visitors to experience an immersive environment of sound and digital LED light. A network of illuminated lines were suspended in the steel hull of the vessel to form a web-like musical instrument. The project was a collaboration between students of the Interior Design Masters Degree Course at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the Masters students at the Acadmeny of Music at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.



ACT Lighting Design’s latticework ovoid took up residence in Frankfurt’s Hauptwache allowing visitors to bathe in the misty glow of Traxon-controlled Osram lighting whilst contemplating the nature of hatching, blooming and birth.



Philipp Geist’s Time Drifts installation took over the main square at the Goethe University. Multiple projectors immersed the space with a ephemeral wash of words, all connected by their shared transience. The result was an interplay between the concrete, tangible imagery projected onto the solid architecture of the square and the transparent dissipating illumination of the fine mist that floated through the space.




Loop.pH is a London based art and design studio intervening at an urban scale to re-interpret public space, handcrafting technology into speculative futures. They are internationally recognised for ephemeral space-crafting, creating large scale luminous, living objects - in this case a tree-like form spun from flowing fibres.


Using the existing illumination from the giant windows at Mainova heat and power station, this project created cathedral-like silhouettes while incurring no additional energy costs. This centrally located industrial building is thus transformed into a permanent piece of night theatre.




GNI-Projects’ Nils Riogbers, Graham Rollins and Ingo Kalecinski returned to Luminale with Mark II of its Broken Heart piece. This time, a collection of red bars - illuminated by KKCD - were planted in the lawn of the Palm Garden. When viewed from a particular angle, this abstract collection resolved into a glowing heart.
Photos: Eibe Sönnecken

Willy-Brandt-Platz, the intersection point of Frankfurt’s many identities. Theatre, finance, transport, government and museums lie within a few steps of this public plaza. To mark this, the glass facade of the Schauspiel Frankfurt theatre was transformed into an interactive video installation.



An installation for those with something to prove, CA Immo and Day & Light Lichtplanung turned Tower 185 into the world’s largest Test-Your-Strength attraction. Through individual muscle power, visitors could send a wave up the tower and so enter into a dialogue with the whole city.


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