SGM brings magic to inaugural Kolding Light Festival


A new concept and tradition has been born in Denmark: a light festival in the city of Kolding. With the purpose of presenting a new and different experience for the city, local business people pooled together to add culture, beauty and technology to the public domain.


Project manager from Get Visual, Jacob Elsig, delivered lighting installations to many of the graphic and innovative projects and participated in the creation of the urban attraction together with the festival’s coordinator and his lighting designer, Christian Vigsø. With the environment in mind, a key factor for the festival was to utilise light sources based on LED technology.


“It seemed natural to contact SGM in relation to this festival,” says Elsig who was involved in The Spanish Steps, The Train Station Square’s installation named The Spider, Hotel Saksildhus and other smaller one-day installations. “I think SGM’s products prepare the ground for us professionals to think outside the box – and be more creative with the light,” he adds.


For The Spanish Steps, LD Christian Vigsø deployed 1200 LB-100 LED Balls, 24 TLD-612 A touring LED drivers with ArtNet and 20 SixPack LED blinders controlled by Madrix and Hog4 in their beautiful artwork creation. The LB-100 wall was a central attraction in a small street and it was met with comments from visitors variously describing it as “lighting therapy”, “truly beautiful” and “really a work of art”.


Elsig was there to experience the fascination of the children, the challenges taken up by photographers to capture the right moment, the families who used the LED Balls as fore- and background landscapes for family portraits and couples standing on each side of the wall blowing kisses across to the other.


The Spider in front of the train station was another attraction that drew people from afar. Here Elsig specified 22 P-5 LED wash lights and four pieces of the new IP65 G-Spot moving head. “With the G-Spot we were able to create patterns for the entire square — that’s how powerful it is,” he remarked. “Before the G-Spot came into the picture, we were considering using many more moving heads or large video projectors, but none of these can hang unprotected in the Danish December weather.”


The P-5 wash light also captured the project manager’s attention. “With only four lamps we could light up an entire building with the ease of pulling the electricity from a regular power socket,” he explained, with reference to the installation at Hotel Saksildhus.


The light festival was a success, and looking to the future it is now planned as an annual December event. Many residents, tourists, artists and professionals came to the city for a positive and inspiring experience, which Elsig is proud to have been a part of. He concludes: “It has been a pleasure working with the SGM products, which have many great, innovative features.”


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