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Essen Illumination Weeks help to bring a sparkle to Essen’s city centre as the days get shorter and darker. The beautiful illuminations will be lighting up the city until 06 January 2019 – creating a very special atmosphere to the run up to Christmas as well as adding a sparkle to the visitors’ eyes. This year, the Essen Illumination Weeks kicked off with the Essen Light Festival. Around 300,000 people travelled to the city centre between 26 October and 04 November 2018 to take in the sight of the 18 wonderful illuminations and video mappings put together by local and international artists.
Following the successful start to the 3rd Essen Light Festival on Friday, 26 October 2018, REMONDIS renewed its commitment to the Light Festival as a partner for sustainable projects. “We love the idea of using light art to raise awareness of sustainability in our everyday lives,” commented Guido Hanning, managing director of REMONDIS West GmbH.
Two Canadian artists turned 2,000 old light bulbs into the inspiring installation entitled “The Cloud”
Three sustainable projects were presented at this year’s Essen Light Festival, which ended on 04 November. Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret set up their light installation, “The Cloud”, on the Kennedyplatz, Essen’s main square. This illuminated cloud was made up of over 2,000 old light bulbs. Olivia d’Aboville, a French-Philippine artist, erected her “Giant Dandelions” installation (made up of old PET bottles) in the ‘grüne mitte Essen’ park. And Dirk Heindl from Essen built his “La Tüchten” installation from old water dispenser bottles.
The 2018 Essen Light Festival was opened by Herwart Wilms, REMONDIS Managing Director, and the Mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen
“We love the idea of using light art to raise awareness of sustainability in our everyday lives.”
Guido Hanning, Managing Director of REMONDIS West GmbH
Thanks to REMONDIS’ support, sustainable light art will also be displayed at future Essen Light Festivals. Richard Röhrhoff, managing director of EMG – Essen Marketing GmbH, which organised the light festival, said: “We really appreciate the support the company has given us as it makes it possible for us to motivate both local and international artists to build light art from consumable materials. Perhaps we can succeed in positioning the Essen Light Festival as a particularly sustainable light festival following on from Essen’s role as the European Green Capital in 2017.”
Light bulbs, PET bottles and water dispenser bottles were transformed into beautiful light art – illuminating, too, the importance of recycling