Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A New Years spirituality – Amsterdam Festival of Lights

The Amstersdam Festival of Lights has been an unexpected treat. For those travelling from a Southern Hemisphere, having darkness fall from 4 pm onwards takes some adjustment. The up side is the chance to play with light.

For the last few years, Amsterdam has maximised this climatic advantage with a Festival of Lights, inviting artists to mount installations in key locations.

Ovo is one installation. In the shape of an egg, it thus suggests new birth. With over 700 lights, each individually able to respond to changes in light, temperature and fog, it proves itself flexible and adaptable. New birth is not a one size fits all, but a uniquely beautiful response to changing environments.

Seeing it today, on the first day of a new year, it became a prayer, for new life in a new year, for beauty that responds to the uniqueness of my changing environment, our changing world.

A time lapse video of the making is here, with the Ovo in full colour, from about 2.11 on.

Amsterdam Light festival: the making of timelapse from Amsterdam Light Festival on Vimeo.

Posted by steve at 07:37 AM


  1. Beautiful .. thank you for sharing this 🙂

    Comment by Nel Shallow — January 2, 2013 @ 8:37 am

  2. Thank you … it became a prayer for new life here in Europe here in Finland too.

    Blessings for 2013. Come back to Cliff College and encourage us PhDers again. Nel and I are still very grateful for your gracious input last year (autumn 2011)

    Comment by seethroughfaith (Lorna) — January 2, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

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