The Christmas lights in Gothenburg are well-known – the millions of lights that shine at the Amusement Park Liseberg as well as on streets and squares all over the city. This year Liseberg is closed, but instead the city offers a more artistic lighting than usual. In total you can enjoy nine unique works of light art that are placed around the city centre. Together they form the Light Art Walk which runs from The Garden Society of Gothenburg to the cathedral Domkyrkan. Below, you can learn more about the different works, and get a sneak-peek of them.

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Desire

Uxu Studio, Taiwan

Where: The Garden Society of Gothenburg (open Mon–Thu 07:00–20:00, Fri–Sat 07:00–21:00 and Sun 07:00–20:00).

Lips symbolise desire, lust and sensuality. With 10,000 nerve endings your lips are more sensitive than your fingers. Made up of 1,500 lights, Desire illustrates the amount of information your lips can pass on. From the side you see a heartbeat. Our hearts beat faster with strong desires.

UxU Studio, founded in 2011 by Kuan-Hung Chen and Ying-Chu Chen, is a Taiwanese collective of architects, designers, and artists. Their experimental, multidisciplinary approach leads to surprising (light) objects, which are often made of simple and ordinary materials.

On the Wings of Freedom

Aether & Hemera, Italy

Where: The Garden Society of Gothenburg (open Mon–Thu 07:00–20:00, Fri–Sat 07:00–21:00 and Sun 07:00–20:00).

These radiant butterflies hoover in a flight upwards, creating a hurricane of light and creativity. It illustrates the way technology changes us as a society and how little we think about it. It is also about the transformation of our city. An advice from the artists: "Keep that change going".

Aether & Hemera is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio, producing work that lies at the intersections of contemporary installation, lighting art and interaction design. Founded in 2008 by Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, the collective often utilises the medium of light combined with digital media to create engaging spaces that connect people with their environment.

Our House / Rhizome

Where: The Garden Society of Gothenburg (open Mon–Thu 07:00–20:00, Fri–Sat 07:00–21:00 and Sun 07:00–20:00).

Tom och Lien Dekyvere, Belgium

Solidarity and collaboration, translated into art. A web, made of hundreds of meters of illuminated rope, forms a house that shows us the various online and offline connections humans make in all sorts of ways. This work, a house, serves as a cocoon that reflects on our current society.

Tom and Lien Dekyvere explore the deeper layers of reality and the mind. Just as the alchemists of former times they are probing for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, between man and robot, between dead and living matter.

Talking Heads

Viktor Vicsek, Hungary

Where: Kungsportsbron. 

These two spectacular heads show countless emotions to each other using lights instead of muscles. Each head uses approximately four thousand LED lamps to show different facial expressions. They conduct conversations. But what are they saying to each other and to the visitors?

Viktor Vicsek was born in Serbia but has been living in Budapest, Hungary, for the biggest part of his life. The last 18 years he has been working in light and projection – everything from designing projections for the theatre stage and interactive dance performances to 3D animations for projection mapping with his company Limelight.

Nexus

Viktor Vicsek, Hungary

Where: Basargatan. 

Nexus means an important connection between the parts of a system or a group of things. When light meets water and sky. The compartments create a unity together with 200 light pipes that smoothly moves upwards into the sky. How do connections between existing and new residents arise?

Viktor Vicsek was born in Serbia but has been living in Budapest, Hungary, for the biggest part of his life. The last 18 years he has been working in light and projection – everything from designing projections for the theatre stage and interactive dance performances to 3D animations for projection mapping with his company Limelight.

Today I Love You

Massimo Uberti, Italy

Where: Kungsparken.

“Today I Love You.” A simple yet magical sentence, as if from a dream you don’t want to end. You might love me today, but what about tomorrow? Written in light this makes you enjoy the up-lifting words again and again, hoping it will be uttered by everyone every day. Today I love you, as I will tomorrow.

The Italian light artist Massimo Uberti is known for minimalistic and sculptural light installations. He creates art out of simplistic shapes, often symmetrical and crafted with neon lighting. The concept of reduction is central in Uberti’s work. He abstracts his light sculptures to their very essence, hoping to increase their impact by doing so.

Reflecting Holons

Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser, The Netherlands

Where: Vallgatan 36.

This kinetic installation immerses its audience with ephemeral magic of light and movement. Oil-like transparent foil combined with digital controlling become a visual entity reflecting the lights around them as if they were water drops. It’s a bridge between the analogue and the digital.

Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser are an artist duo. Central to Martens' & Visser’s work are the themes of movement and transformation inspired by nature, thereby sharing the thought of things being dynamic rather than static. Striving for a quality that mixes marvel and wonder at a surprising (in-)sight and use of material and digital techniques.

My Light is your Light ...

Alaa Minawi, Lebanon

Where: Domkyrkoparken.

My Light is Your Light ... is about the uncertainty of being. The six figures represent refugees and are made of curved neon tubes. According to the artist it emanates the same soft, serene light as a refugee. It might make you sad, but it also creates a certain optimism and infinite confidence in the future.

Alaa Minawi studied Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He currently works in Lebanon as a lighting designer and writer. He is also an interpreter for Iraqi, Syrian, and Sudanese asylum seekers in the United States.

Birds Fly around with You

Masamichi Shimada, Japan

Where: Domkyrkoparken.

Based on the zoetrope, a machine that preceded cinema, this light sculpture will enchant young and old. A visitor who comes in close proximity will start the machine. The birds light up one by one creating the illusion of flying. As more people move around the artwork, more birds will fly.

Originally a motion designer, Masamichi Shimada has been focused on creating light art for many years. In his installations, Shimada combines light and a range of other materials such as wood, paper, metal, and plastic. He attempts not only to exhibit beautiful images but also to enhance the life of the viewer.

Light Art Collection in Amsterdam, with the world's largest collection of light art, have curated the Light Art Walk.