Moved by Light

Glow Eindhoven | Various light artists

Glow 2021, Porte Celesti by Valerio Festi. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke
Glow 2021, Porte Celesti by Valerio Festi. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

The theme of this year’s 2021 edition was ‘Moved by Light‘, which literally encouraged people (over 580.000 visitors from 6th to 11th November) to physically ‘move through the light’. As well as in the city centre, artworks by national and international light artists were to be found on the TU/e campus, Strijp-S/Strijp-T and De Caai (the former Campina factory site).

Among the many artworks, a poetic projection with lights and lasers by artist Yann Nguema was shown in the newly renovated Paterskerk (now known as Domus Dela), or the impressive ‘Carbon Arc‘ by Ivo Schoofs, a gigantic searchlight from the Second World War projects a bright beam of light over the surface of the city’s canal.
In addition, the German artist Daniel Margraf transformed the large dairy hall on the Campina site into a colourful environment, producing beautiful effects and images.

Glow 2021, Carbon Arc by Ivo Schoofs. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, Carbon Arc by Ivo Schoofs. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

GLOW2021, DOMUS LUMA by YANN NGUEMA. Photo © Vincent van den Hoogen

GLOW2021, DOMUS LUMA by YANN NGUEMA. Photo © Vincent van den Hoogen

At Strijp-T – near the Gloeilamp Plantsoen – Studio Toer created a ‘Firefly Field‘, an enchanting light installation of hundreds of luminous flying ‘points’ that brilliantly mimic the movements of natural fireflies. The TU/e Campus was also a ‘must see’ thanks to ‘The eye of Atlas‘. Artist Philip Ross made use of the indoor light of the Atlas building and designed a moving, all-seeing eye.

On the Ketelhuisplein, Hugo Vrijdag covered and coloured the entire floor and surrounding buildings with flowers. The starting point of this is awareness of the annual footprint – which an average Dutch person leaves behind – in full size. Local primary school pupils have been deeply involved in this work and created the exhibit together with Hugo. The sea of flowers is a huge, ever changing collage created by students.

The work ‘Porte Celesti‘ by the Italian artist Valerio Festi involved gates of light at twenty locations in the city. What is special is that the gates, including one at Eindhoven Airport, will remain in place after GLOW, until the beginning of January.

Glow 2021, Drop of Light door by Gijs van Bon. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, Footprint by Hugo Vrijdag. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, Drop of Light door by Gijs van Bon. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, Drop of Light door by Gijs van Bon. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, Drop of Light door by Gijs van Bon. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke

Glow 2021, The Water Wall – Aquatique Show by Maxime Gerhard. Photo © Bart van Overbeeke