In late October, Tartu hosted the international interdisciplinary festival of lighting art, TAVA (Tartu in light). During the 5-day workshop, lighting designers from Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Iran and Egypt created lighting installations, using the landscape and city landmarks. Ulyana Vinogradova, head of IntiLED's lighting design department, took part in the development and implementation of the lighting project for the festival's largest site -- the Tartu Cathedral.
Creating the project took three dozen spotlights, stage equipment and tons of cables. Thanks to them, the ancient, 13th century stone church turned into a fantastic art object that impressed everyone with its scale and the variety of lighting patterns.
According to the lighting designers' concept, the space of the cathedral is divided into several zones, each with its own lighting scenario.
The concept's central element comprises two massive towers in the complex's western part. Saturated blue floodlighting has granted them a new life, while powerful narrow-beam spotlights create the illusion of domes (planned but never actually erected) slicing through the firmament.
The internal space is an alley whose lateral arches are lit by compact RGB spotlights. The spotlights are "confined" to metallic cages and covered with branches.
The combination of soft curves of a live tree and shiny twigs produces an interesting image - in a way, an installation. The visual scenario is augmented by a video projection onto the central wall, emphasizing the project's main idea, which is the connection between past and future, an emotional succession that is the project's human constituent.
The area in the basis of the towers is split into three interactive areas where visitors may experiment with the color of their own shadow ("the shadow hall"), feel themselves at home ("the fireplace area") and return to their childhood and take pleasure in popping soap bubbles (dynamic light, smoke and bubbles).
Aside from the Tartu Cathedral, the lighting artists took to working on the park surrounding the cathedral, the Pirogov square, the City Hall square, the Kaarsild Bridge and the Tartu City Museum, producing a "light pathway" of sorts.
According to Elo Liiv, the festival's organizer, the goal of Tartu Light 2016 is to raise awareness about the role of lighting design in the day-to-day environment. It is required in order to create prototypes of potential lighting solutions in the city, to invigorate the public space and present to the public the opportunities that working with light provides".