Sunday, 26 October 2008

Berlin Festival of Lights

These past two weeks (14.-26. Oktober) have seen the nightscape of Berlin shift and glow to a display of coloured lights and illuminations at most of the Berlin landmarks. Bowls of fruit and classical paintings were projected onto the Berliner Dom, coloured spotlights played up and down the shaft of the Fernsehturm, and the Brandenburger Tor shimmered with changing pure pigments of light. From Schloss Charlottenburg to Oberbaumbrücke bridge, from the Ku'Damm to Gendarmenmarkt, not a molecule of CO2 was spared to pour a stream of iridescent photons into the Berlin night sky. The carbon footprint was enormous, but the spectacle was, well, spectacular. It might not have been on the scale or brashness of Blackpool Illuminations, but it did bring out the crowds on cold Autumn nights and threw the classical buildings and monuments into a new perspective. There was even a colourfully illuminated 'light train' running round the S-Bahn.

Here are a few of my photos taken during the week (click to bigify):

The Berliner Dom from the Spree

Schloss Charlottenburg

The Siegessäule (Victory Column)

The Elephant Gate at Berliner Zoo

Note to Rammstein fans:
that's the Universal Records building on the left of the picture.

Check out more (and better!) photos of The Festival of Lights on Julie Woodhouse's website.

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