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Celebrating the Lights of Christmas 2014

This site has always warmed to the efforts of professional and amateur light designers that put on a  Yuletide show. Christmas is the time of year when in accordance with ancient rhythms, the gloomy months are transformed by the deployment of bright lights to exterior and interior spaces. In many parts of the world, the holiday season continues to herald an ever-growing display of festive illuminations that include a variety of arrangements: indoor lights with which we garland Christmas trees and interior spaces, the festoons of strings of animated bulbs and illuminated figures that adorn house exteriors, and the large spectacles that festoon the streets and squares of city centre districts in endeavouring to attract shoppers and tourists to part with their money. This year has seen a particularly striking effusion of Christmas lighting, as exemplified by four extraordinary examples from different parts of the world. Let’s celebrate them!

First, and exemplifying how Christmas is a time of magnificent excess, is the amazing choreographed sequences that are synchronised with selective pieces of festive music. Devised by Jeff Maxey at Yucaipa, California, the display incorporates 16 houses in creating an incredible son et lumière show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yvBtccWnp4

Second, the lights of Tokyo offer a different aesthetic to the multi-coloured effects of other cities but the quantity utilised produced whole landscapes that are saturated with festive spirit.

tokyo christmas lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third, the growing emergence of digital mapping at Christmas is exemplified at Trieste, where a 12 minute, festive themed projection sequence plays across the façade of the Municipal Centre in Piazza Unità: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SVnQb7nob_k

Finally, in Derby at a suburban house at which a larger than life Santa inside greets onlookers from outside. Slightly spooky but fun http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-30489508

santa in Derby

 

December 16th, 2014 - 16:38pm

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