A Light Show 300 Years in the Making

Early Stages
There’s been a lot of activity in the Domplein and around the Domtoren for the past month. Unfortunately, it’s all rather unattractive and currently has the walkway beneath the Domtoren completely blocked off while they dig deep trenches. Fortunately, the end result should be quite spectacular. You see, it’s all part of the latest Trajectum Lumen installation.

As I’ve mentioned before, Trajectum Lumen is a series of light art installations throughout the city. They’ve been going up gradually for the past few years as a lead-up to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht, which is this April. The grand finale, so to speak, will be an impressive light show in the Domplein and in the Domtoren itself. That’s what all the construction is for right now.

Early Stages
There’s been a massive crane nearby, off and on, for the past month, as well. My photos are all from January, but it turns out the crane is back this week, because they’ve been using it to move lots of boxes of equipment up to the different levels of the Domtoren. The local news was there to see some of it and got an amazing view of it all as the cameraperson got to go up in the crane. You don’t need to understand Dutch to appreciate the view in the short video. (They don’t have it up on Youtube yet, but when they do, I’ll try to add it to the post.)

Domtoren and Crane
The crane and the Domtoren are both so massive that it’s hard to get a good angle to put it in perspective. I love the very bit at the end of the video where someone says, “Hoog hoor.” Hoog means high and hoor is one of those words that is hard to translate but acts as a form of emphasis.

The installation doesn’t open until April, but in the meantime, you can see a digital version of what it should look like once all 351 lamps are installed. If you can’t make it for the anniversary in April, it’s ok. The installation is supposed to be in place for the next five years!