Potsdamer Platz is the Heart of Light Art
Potsdamer Platz will once again become the backdrop for a spectacular light display this year. From October 11th to 20th, the Berlin Festival of Lights will illuminate the distinctive buildings and streets around Potsdamer Platz in the heart of the capital. This year, the popular festival coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In keeping with the festival motto “Lights of Freedom”, a giant art collage on the subject of freedom, no borders and Berlin will illuminate the façade of the Kollhoff Tower. Countless pictures, including motifs by the famous Berlin Wall artists Christophe Bouchet, Kiddy Citny and Thierry Noir will move across the tower façade.
“Potsdamer Platz is not only a traditional location for the Festival of Lights, but also a place of immense symbolism for celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Peaceful Revolution,” says Karl L. Wambach, Executive Vice President Europe of Brookfield Properties, Asset Manager of Potsdamer Platz.
The festival around Potsdamer Platz is diverse and dazzling with color. It starts on October 11th, at 7pm. Besides the art collage on Kollhoff Tower, Potsdamer Platz 1, numerous other attractions await visitors:
For the first time, images made from a combination of light and video art will be projected onto the ground at Potsdamer Platz. Highlight: individual scenes of the projection, which is reminiscent of street art, will be visually brought to life as a surprise.
Alte Potsdamer Strasse
At the start of the street, illuminated birds by the French artist Pitaya sit in the branches of the trees. If you go further down the street towards Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, you dive into a sea of atmospheric green light – symbolizing the importance of nature in urban spaces.
The artist Gabriel Valecillo takes visitors on a three-dimensional journey through the beauty and diversity of Honduras. This performance is sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Honduras in Berlin.
Another highlight on Potsdamer Platz will be the monumental light installation “Menschen Leipzig – Berlin” by the French light artist Philippe Morvan, which is dedicated to two 30-year anniversaries: the Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In a circle of nine meters in diameter, the artist takes the visitor to the heart of the installation.
Multiple illuminations in the form of sea anemones create a mystical atmosphere on Piano Lake, adjacent to Marlene-Dietrich-Platz. In a virtuoso interplay of light, reflection and geometric forms, artist Malte Kebbel creates a magical and unique experience.
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