New Northern Lights

New Northern Lights

It was with light that the world began; an ethereal fusion of science and the intangible. It is also with light that we are able to see things differently.

Seeing things differently is exactly the intention of Lux Helsinki: The Light is Loose, an atmospheric event that runs 4-8 January 2013 in the capital of Finland, which will see the city all aglow with light installations.

Artists from all over the world have targeted the city’s leading landmarks as architectural canvases for their incandescent creations, which will range from hanging sodium lamps that emit a solar, sepia luminosity over the inky darkness of the city’s sights, to cosmologically-inspired collections of planet-like entities orbiting around the Finnish National Opera Amphitheatre.

And in an interpretation of the idiom ‘guiding light’, the city – which, in 2012, was named the World Design Capital – is also offering free guided walking tours of the installations; particularly handy for tracking down mobile works such as Ainu Palmu’s Pink Caravan, which will brighten a different, sombre institution into a pretty, pink vision every evening, as soon as darkness sets in (Helsinki sees only around six hours of daylight during January).

The two-hour tours will navigate the snowy Helsinki streets all the way from the Olympic Stadium, along Toolonlahti Bay and around to the Museum of Contemporary Art, enlightening attendees by revealing the aesthetic and intellectual ideas behind each installation as they go.

‘Lux Helsinki – The Light is Loose’ runs 4-8 January 2013, 4pm-10pm. The event and the tours are free; for more information or to book a place on a tour (each takes a maximum of 20 visitors; register in advance for a place), visit

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