When I saw the subject for this week’s photo challenge, I came up with a number of ideas, but the one that appealed the most was this tunnel that leads from the Ganzenmarkt down to the Oudegracht. It’s one of the many areas that has undergone a light-art transformation as part of the Trajectum Lumen installation around Utrecht. It’s also one of the spots that I’d not yet visited to see lit up. When we went to dinner on the Oudegracht the other night, I figured this was a perfect opportunity to see the lights for myself and to get some photos for this challenge. In the end, I took a number of photos, playing with movement and aperture opening times. I’ll probably post some of the fun ones tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday and leave this post for just the few that best represent the path to enlightenment, so to speak.
The city of Utrecht initiated Trajectum Lumen as an exploration after dark, following artistically lit locations throughout Utrecht’s historical city center. Launched in the spring of 2010, it will reach its climax in 2013 when Utrecht celebrates the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht. The light displays run every evening after dusk, all year long.
To celebrate Utrecht University’s 375th anniversary, they’ve been shooting lasers at the Domtoren. Fortunately, they’re creating rather than destroying. What they’re creating is awe, wonder, and beauty. The seven colorful lasers, covering a distance of three kilometers from the Uithof to the Domtoren, are lighting up the city’s famous landmark each evening, beginning at 8 p.m., through 26 March.
Knowing the weather was ideal for an outing, with the skies clear of clouds, G and I went to see the laser light show last night. It’s being called Sol Lumen, in reference to the Trajectum Lumen light show that takes place every night around the city. I’ve seen parts of the Trajectum Lumen before, but still haven’t done the full tour. Soon! I hadn’t been sure what time the lasers actually began, so when we got our first glimpse of the Domtoren and didn’t see any lights, we decided to take the more roundabout way of getting to the Domplein, so that I could see a couple of other stops on the Trajectum Lumen tour.
Willibrordkerk (church) Halo
Stahuis and the Blue Bridge
We ended up timing the walk almost perfectly. By the time we had walked beneath the Domtoren and entered into the Domplein, the first green laser appeared. Within moments, there was a rainbow of lasers lighting up the Domtoren.
It really was a beautiful sight. The lasers moved about a bit, but only within a small distance, hovering around the eastern clock face. The display is supposed to represent the ties between knowledge and culture. It’s a beautiful statement. I’m so glad I got to see it.