FASCINATING LIGHT INSTALLATIONS IN COURTYARDS
Helsinki City Museum at Aleksanterinkatu 16 will again create a peaceful winter oasis of light installations in its outdoor courtyards. This year, Alexander Reichstein, the creator of last winter’s immensely popular historic light sculptures, will bring Shadows of the Past to the historic Govinius’ courtyard. In this installation, ghostly silhouettes walk in an endless procession. Bewigged gentlemen stroll solemnly by, servants carry refreshments, children ride a bicycle as it was a hundred years ago, and revolutionary seamen march into battle. The procession marches to the strong rhythms of Shostakovich’s music, which conveys the drama of time passing by.
Falkman’s courtyard will be filled by Willem Heeffer and Jussi Karjalainen’s light installation Around Helsinki, based on shadow theatre techniques. The installation features familiar and less familiar landmarks of Helsinki, including Hotel Torni, a kiosk and an old street lamp, alongside iconic urban transport vehicles ranging from a tram to a Zeppelin. Both light installations can be admired during the museum’s opening hours from 2 December 2017 to 10 January 2018, in other words from the start of the Helsinki Christmas Market until the end of the Lux Helsinki Festival.