The annual Light Festival is taking place in Amsterdam these days and if you happen to be in Amsterdam or around it, it would be a good idea if you found some time to walk around the city and explore the light installations put together for  the festival by artists from around the world.
Now if you’re not gonna be in Amsterdam anytime soon, here’s a few highlights from the event:
As you enter this huge wooden birdbox, a bird (projected on the tree opposite you) starts to fly. The more people come in the birdbox, the more birds will start to fly.

Winged Migration” by Tessel Schmidt & Judith Holland. As you enter this huge wooden birdbox, a bird (projected on the tree opposite you) starts to fly. The more people come in the birdbox, the more birds will start to fly.

 

 

“Winged Migration” by Tessel Schmidt & Judith Holland. The idea behind this interactive installation is based on the concept of freedom. For birds freedom is evident, but humans do not always take it for granted. With indirect referrals to the current immigration situation in Europe, visitors of the installation are encouraged to invite more people in it, so that more birds can fly freely.

“Winged Migration” by Tessel Schmidt & Judith Holland. The idea behind this interactive installation is based on the concept of freedom. For birds freedom is evident, but humans do not always take it for granted. With indirect referrals to the current immigration situation in Europe, visitors of the installation are encouraged to invite more people in it, so that more birds can fly freely.

“Winged Migration” by Tessel Schmidt & Judith Holland. It’s situated in Wertheimpark.

“Canal House” by Irma de Vries. One of my favourite installations of the light festival. The artist made this living painting using symbols based on the history of Europe and the continent’s identity.

“Canal House” by Irma de Vries. One of my favourite installations of the light festival. The artist made this living painting using symbols based on the history of Europe and the continent’s identity.

“Canal House” by Irma de Vries
Part of “Tafeltje dekje, A fairy tale in light” by Stichting Schoolbuurtwerk. Inspired by the friendship theme, as eating together is one of the expressions of friendship and can connect people from different backgrounds as well.

Part of “Tafeltje dekje, A fairy tale in light” by Stichting Schoolbuurtwerk. Inspired by the friendship theme, as eating together is one of the expressions of friendship and can connect people from different backgrounds as well.

Part of “Tafeltje dekje, A fairy tale in light” by Stichting Schoolbuurtwerk. Stetting Schoolbuurtwerk develops education projects for children and primary schools. Ten art tables were created in collaboration with other artists.

Part of “Tafeltje dekje, A fairy tale in light” by Stichting Schoolbuurtwerk. Stetting Schoolbuurtwerk develops education projects for children and primary schools. Ten art tables were created in collaboration with other artists.

 

“Geduld (Patience)” by Marcelo Pieter Stokhof. The concept of friendship is the idea behind this work, too, but this time the artist depicts the friendship between a dog and a man. In order for it to develop, there needs to be mutual trust and connection. In this case, the dog needs to feel trust, so that it can walk through the tunnel and reach the other end.

“Geduld (Patience)” by Marcelo Pieter Stokhof. The concept of friendship is the idea behind this work, too, but this time the artist depicts the friendship between a dog and a man. In order for it to develop, there needs to be mutual trust and connection. In this case, the dog needs to feel trust, so that it can walk through the tunnel and reach the other end.

“Birds fly around you” by Masamichi Shimada. Another interactive installation. The visitor enters the circle of birds and as he/she walks/hops/runs around it, the closest bird will illuminate. Obviously the faster you run and the more people participate the more impressive it will look. I believe it only works if you walk counter clockwise. I tried doing it clockwise and it didn’t work. But the truth is I didn’t make a huge effort, as, by that time, the rain was getting stronger and I couldn’t enjoy it. So if you try it and it works, let me know!

“Birds fly around you” by Masamichi Shimada. Another interactive installation. The visitor enters the circle of birds and as he/she walks/hops/runs around it, the closest bird will illuminate. Obviously the faster you run and the more people participate the more impressive it will look. I believe it only works if you walk counter clockwise. I tried doing it clockwise and it didn’t work. But the truth is I didn’t make a huge effort, as, by that time, the rain was getting stronger and I couldn’t enjoy it. So if you try it and it works, let me know!

This is the Nieuwmarkt building lit up at night. It’s not part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, but I thought it looked really pretty at night and wanted to share! :-)

This is the Nieuwmarkt building lit up at night. It’s not part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, but I thought it looked really pretty at night and wanted to share! 🙂

If you’re interested in seeing the above works and more, the 2016 Amsterdam Light Festival is on until 17th January 2016.