Lights On! brings new light on sights in Finland and Estonia
University of Taru Viljandi Culture Academy is participating in a Finnish-Estonain project Lights On! which is funded by the European Union’s Central Baltic Interreg 2014-2020 programme. The aim of the project is to create a joint network of historical tourist attractions in Finland and Estonia. The project sheds new light on the enchanting shared past of the North-Eastern Baltic Sea. It encourages people to visit spectacular ruins, fortresses, hill forts and parks in both countries, and improves their quality as tourist destinations The project period is from 2015 until 2018 and the focus is on improving services, visitor experience, and marketing.
The project has now announced two competitions - one to develop a unique light installation for Raasepori Castle and the other to find an innovative piece of jewellery which would be symbolic of the power embedded within historical sites in Finland and Estonia.
The light installation competition, which started on Wednesday 18 May 2016, aims to find an attractive and inspiring lighting solution to illuminate the facade of Raasepori Castle Ruins during the light event in August 2017. The solution must be innovative and unique and must reflect the castle’s history. Lights on Rasepori! design competition will be advertised both nationally and abroad. The prize money is 8,000 euros.
The winning proposal for the competition Lights on Raasepori! will be displayed on Finnish Nature Day on 26 August 2017. The event is part of the centenary celebrations of Finnish independence. The lighting installation competition is open to everyone, and is organized by Metsähallitus and Humak University of Applied Sciences as part of the Lights On! project.
“The competition has raised a lot of interest already in advance, and we hope to get as many proposals as possible. This is an excellent opportunity to combine the eventful history of Raasepori, the rugged walls of the castle ruins, and the technical opportunities provided by lighting installations. Light installations are becoming increasingly popular, and we want to offer an intense and beautiful visual experience in a unique setting”, says Park Superintendent Henrik Jansson from Metsähallitus.
The competition jury includes Lighting Designer Tarja Ervasti, Senior Producer Indrek Leht from Tallinn Valgusfestival, Art Director Ilkka Paloniemi from Lux Helsinki, City of Helsinki Cultural Manager Stuba Nikula, Lighting Designer Jari Vuorinen from Lighting Design Collective, and Park Superintendent Henrik Jansson from Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland.
The general public can also vote for their favourite design proposal. The winner of the public vote will be revealed on 26 October 2016, when the results of the competition will also be announced.
The jewellery competition assignment is to create a piece of jewellery which would reference the project’s fascinating sites and tell their stories through jewellery design. The judgement criteria include design, content, innovation, the durability of the product and its marketability. Competitive pricing, serial production and the usability of the product will also be taken into consideration. The project period is from 16.5.2016 – 1.8.2016. The winner will be announced on Finnish Nature Day on 27.8.2016
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