Saturday, October 22, 2011

Berlin Festival of Lights

Brandenburger Tor
Every October Berlin illuminates its prominent buildings during the Festival of Lights. At night Berlin takes on an entirely different character as the city is transformed into a massive work of art. For 12 nights a year, you forget the dirt and grime of the city. Berlin seems almost beautiful.


"Faces" at Posdamer Platz
Berliner Dom
(Chameleon Facade) 
There's a party atmosphere along the streets as scores of people are taking photos and commenting on the lighting effects. This year the work of Teresa May was impressive. She has transformed the staid 19th century Berliner Dom into a sort of reptilian chameleon. Equally impressive was the "Faces" installation that projects a series of changing faces. Even the illuminated trees along Unter den Linden (one of Berlin's major streets) become magical. No wonder this event attracts 300,000 visitors. It has something for every artist taste: Kitsch to High Art. 


Unter den Linden
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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