Season of Light

4 Jan

Let There Be Light!

Christmas and New Year’s have passed, but the city of Helsinki is still celebrating with the Season of Light. Prominent buildings throughout the city are illuminated in an effort to brighten these darks days of winter and shed new light on Helsinki. In addition to the light installations, there are also other attractions, including a Fire Circus. The festivities began on New Year’s Eve and will continue until January 9th.

Village of Light (Valokylä) by Jouko Kärkkäinen

The Espa Stage in the Esplanade Park

Mercy (Armo) by light artist Mikki Kunttu

Senate Square

100 Years by German light artist Martin Kuhn

Unioninkatu

The Fire Circus Group, Walkea

Unionkatu 38, in front of the Topelia Building

Also, check out my fellow blogger, Tom Biedler’s take on the Season of Light here.

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10 Responses to “Season of Light”

  1. dave treece January 5, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    the shot of the Al,II statue is fabulous!

    • hellosinki January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Why, thank you! Isn’t the color of the sky remarkable? There is one silver lining to the endless cloud cover over this city–the sky at night holds the city lights in really surprising and beautiful ways!

      • dave treece January 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

        i noticed that. i’ve seen city lights reflecting pinkish light in the summer months, but the deeper red is a striking contrast to the light washed statue. good image grab!

  2. Mom January 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Love the Fire Circus and all the blue lights! Love Mom xoxoxox

    • hellosinki January 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      There was funky music playing at all of these venues, too–but I couldn’t capture that on my camera! I’m going to hopefully explore more enlightened sights this weekend, too. Stay posted. XOXO

      • dave treece January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

        yer mom said hello. very nice : )

      • hellosinki January 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

        She’s a nice lady!

  3. nikki January 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    The fire circus is an interesting idea. Seems kind of medieval almost. Is there a long tradition of fire circuses in Suomi?

    • hellosinki January 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Apparently, the concept of the circus itself is as old as ancient Rome and fire dancing seems to have grown in popularity only in recent times–the last twenty years or so. The burning man festival in California is purportedly behind the rise of fire dancing (according to Wikipedia). Fire dancing existed before this time, but it wasn’t common outside of small sects.

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    […] Let There Be Light! Christmas and New Year's have passed, but the city of Helsinki is still celebrating with the Season of Light. Prominent buildings throughout the city are illuminated in an effort to brighten these darks days of winter and shed new light on Helsinki. In addition to the light installations, there are also other attractions, including a Fire Circus. The festivities began on New Year's Eve and will continue until January 9th. Vill … Read More […]

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