Text: Joachim Ritter 14. Aug 2015
Market places have always been the focus of activity in towns and therefore play a central role in the urban layout. This is where much of the dynamic social life of the town takes place. People meet here to trade, or to share information and opinions. Market squares are often used for local political activities.
Washed in Light
Taking inspiration from history Light Well - situated in the old market square of Lahti, Finland - was conceived by lighting and industrial designer Reija Pasanen of Studio Lux Nova and architect Marjut Kauppinen.
In 2013, Lahti`s old market square was rebuilt to make way to a new underground car park; at the same time archeological research on the parking lot site was carried out. It was discovered that 150 years ago there were seversl small houses, courtyards and water well on the same site. The discovery inspired Pasanen and Kauppinen`s idea for the interactive art piece that followed.
August/September 2015 - Issue 86
Interactive light art “Light Well” in Lahti, Finland
Interactivity and historical findings are the key elements of the lighting plan in new market square in the city of Lahti, Finland. Lighting & industrial designer Reija Pasanen and architect Marjut Kauppinen have created the lighting concept with the latest technology but with a traditional twist.
Kauppatorin uusi valaistus henkii historiaa
Lahden kauppatori on uudistunut sekä alta että päältä. Huhtikuussa otettiin käyttöön maanalainen toriparkki ja juuri ennen vappua vietettiin uusitun torin avajaisia, joissa päästiin ihailemaan torin uutta valaistusta ja seisoskelemaan valokaivon kannella. Idea uuteen valaistukseen lähti liikkeelle torin alla tehdyistä arkeologisista kaivauksista.
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