The lighting installations of 2020
Find the lights – Discover the bright spots in your everyday life
Something new this year is that there won’t be one particular light trail that visitors follow, instead there will be a number of lighting installations spread around central Alingsås, with a couple of them a little way outside the centre. This year Lights in Alingsås puts the focus on light and its importance in everyday life. Looking on the bright side is more important than ever this strange year, when the whole world is in the throes of a pandemic.
In total, twenty-four points of light will be spread around the whole of Alingsås, with the focus on the stretch from Gerdsken via Lillån to Nolhaga, with a few exceptions. It is entirely up to visitors in which order they decide to visit them.
Among other things, the aim is to display the permanent lighting installations which Alingsås already has, and which Alingsås Energi has given the town over the last twenty years. It is about using lasting lighting, which increases security for the town’s citizens, and which also encourages them to get out and about on foot, on bikes or on public transport. The new installations were created by Swedish lighting designers who have participated in earlier projects.
Färgeribron and Gasverksbron will get new lighting. Andreas Milsta from White Architects is behind Färgeribron’s design, which will also include a workshop with students from the electricity and energy programme at Alströmer’s Senior High School. Gasverksbron will get a facelift with new lighting designed by John Hallgren from Taras Ljusdesign. Both installations will emphasise the historical nature of their respective locations.
In the cables of the Installation Jubilee, visitors will be able to see life and movement in the form of ballerinas dancing over the river. The Jubileum’s installation was created last year and makes it possible to construct different experimental illuminations at different times.
One of last year’s most popular contributions was Children´s Lights, which this autumn will be located at Plantaget with its installation, Rosa himmel. Two years ago, Malin Wallin found a piece of sky had landed at Plantaget! This year she wants to change things and instead lift us up among the clouds on one of those magical evenings when the sky is pink and an air balloon hovers silently above. This balloon is filled with all the colours of the rainbow, which symbolise diversity, respect and tolerance.
In Gerdsken, the installation Flytande Universum offers visitors three complementary experiences: Avstånd, Betraktningsvinkel, Mörker till Ljus. Just as in the universe proper, in Gerdsken a possible “moving universe” in created in miniature! Jan Simon and Bertil Göransson are behind this installation, both of whom have participated in Lights in Alingsås many times previously.
And at Stora Torget, we have a big surprise waiting!
This year´s installations:
1.Lugnet, 2. Museiparken, 3. Nolhaga Entré, 4. Järtas Park,
5. Jubileumsinstallationen, 6. Ballerina på lina, 7. Christinae Kyrka, 8. Flytande universum, Gerdsken, 9. Elden, Stora Torget, 10. Gasverksbron, 11. Färgeribron, 12. Fontänen, Lillån, 13. Barnens Lights, Plantaget, 14. Pixel Highlights, Lillån, 15. Stjärnvägg, Gerdskastigen, 16. Plantagets lekplats 7. Rådhuset,
18. Brogårdspassagen, 19. Norra Ringgatans allé, 20. Lekplatsen Nolhaga,
21. Utbyggnad av Nolhaga Lekplats, 22. Park Decum, Stadsskogen, 23. Gång och cykeltunnel Plantaget, 24. Åmanska Parken
Twenty light years from Alingsås – a unique photo book
The Lights in Alingsås photo book has just been released! Twenty years after the annual lighting festival was inaugurated, it is time for us to look back. This is the story of the event that put the town of Alingsås on the map, both in Sweden and internationally.