In Sweden, the annual Lights in Alingsås event focused around H.C. Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales. A special installation was designed by French designer, Anne Bureau from the lighting design practice Wonderfulight, representing the tale “The Angel”. In her design, Bureau utilised the SGM P-5 wash light supplied by Swedish rental company Stage & EventLight.
Now in its 14th year, Lights in Alingsås is presented by the PLDA (Professional Lighting Designers Association), together with the City of Alingsås, where PLDA professionals work with the next generation of lighting designers. Based on the main topic of the year, workshops are created with students, leading up to the opening for the general public.
A record number of 85,000 people visited the exhibition of lights over its five weeks’ duration, where Alingsås’ winter landscape exploded in colours. Even in spite of the furious storm Simone, 250 guided tours were arranged.
Anne Bureau’s design “The Angel” beautifully conveys the tale’s message — and appreciation of what we have on earth with the consideration that life perhaps does not end with death. The optimistic fairy tale is about an angel and a dead child gathering flowers to carry to heaven, thus the lighting design is located at the cemetery, thereby setting the perfect atmosphere.
Together with workshop participants, Anne Bureau used 12 P-5s in this her first design with SGM products. Finding the P-5 easy to use, she explains the main effect she envisioned: “I wanted to achieve a strobe effect with a progression along the alley of trees, to create an ascension to heaven type feel”, adding that the P-5’s strobe effect worked really well, and that the public appreciated the finished result.
Further 12 moving heads from SGM, Giotto Spot 700, were selected for Lights in Alingsås’ opening ceremony depicturing the life and immortal fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
Photographer Patrik Gunnar Helin