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Elation Proteus chosen for light art piece at Valkea Light and Art Festival

In December 2023, Särkänniemi Theme Park in Tampere, Finland, hosted the inaugural Valkea Light and Art Festival, filling the park with a myriad of visual spectacles, one of which featured lighting effects from Elation’s Proteus Hybrid IP65 moving head. The event transformed the park into an immersive art realm, engaging the senses with visual art installations, incorporating light, art, music, and live performances.


Leading the creative direction and production of the festival was Finnish artist Kari Kola. He was particularly drawn to “Step Into the Light”, a light art piece by artist/designer Michel Suk from 2017, and sought to reimagine it for Valkea. Suk, a Dutch light technician and artist with a background in lighting for theater, television, and musical performances, draws inspiration from architecture and music in his work. Describing “Step Into the Light” as a ballet of light visible from a distance, Suk’s creation is characterized by patterns of beams, reminiscent of a spirograph, with influences from Pink Floyd’s iconic vertical circle truss.


For the Valkea Festival, Suk adapted “Step Into the Light”, utilizing 24 Proteus Hybrid moving heads from Elation mounted atop vertical towers in a circular arrangement. The lights were mounted at an even distance from each other and had to be exactly perpendicular to the ground, otherwise there were offsets.


“It’s a simple concept in a way but if it’s not calibrated correctly, it doesn’t work and just looks like lights moving”, says Suk. “If it’s calibrated correctly the result is beautiful patterns that look like the old spirograph game. You have all the lights pointing directly at a point in the center, then you can aim at a point slightly higher to get floors of crosspoints. There are lots of possibilities.”


Suk collaborated with designer and international event producer Bas Kemper on the project, who executed the setup and calibration, working in -20°C weather. “Step Into the Light” invited visitors to immerse themselves in an interplay of living spotlights, offering a visual experience that captivated both up close and from a distance.


(Photos: Rami Saarikorpi)




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