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Stockholm celebrates Nobel Laureates with city-wide light installations, plans annual event

Stockholm hopes to draw visitors with its inaugural Nobel Week Lights celebration. Running December 5-13, the event will see 16 locations around the city creatively illuminated, weaving together art and technology to celebrate this year’s Nobel Laureates.

Created by Stockholm’s leading artists and designers, the light installations can be seen at the Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Stockholm City Museum and the Nobel Prize Museum.  

The cultural programme, which is non-ticketed and free for all to enjoy, hopes to become an annual occasion intersecting art and science to bring artistic creativity to a broad audience, celebrating the Nobel prizes and raising awareness about how we experience the urban environment.

The cultural programme hopes to become an annual occasion intersecting art and science to bring artistic creativity to a broad audience…

Obviously travel is not so easy at the moment, so the experience is also available digitally with ‘clickable’ installations that showcase the artworks with artist commentary. Digital tours with English subtitles are available on the Nobel Week Lights website as well as posted onto their Facebook page.

Several of the light installations have been inspired by the Nobel Prizes from this year and previous years. One of the most impressive installations sees images from the outer reaches of space projected onto the façade of Stockholm City Hall, following a collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board and the European Space Agency, connecting to this year’s Physics Prize relating to the discovery of black holes.

In the City Museum’s courtyard, Paloma Design Studio has designed a cloud-like artwork named ‘Reflection’ which plays on the perception of light. The piece moves and changes according to the viewing angle, making it a unique experience for each spectator.

Nobel Week Lights Stockholm is created and produced by Annika Levin, Alexandra Manson, Lara Szabo Greisman and Helmet. Levin has many years of experience in art and culture projects, Greisman is cultural attaché at the Institut Français de Suède, and Manson an architect and lighting designer. Helmet is a lighting company experienced in lighting installations and a great interest in connecting advanced technology with art and culture.

Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, said: “This year is unique in the history of the Nobel Prize, since many of the week’s activities are being held online. So we’re particularly happy to be able to invite the public to an experience in an outdoor environment that spreads light and hope.”

More on the Nobel Week Lights outdoor cultural experience can be found here nobelweeklights.se . Visit Stockholm has also created an online guide called ‘A Warm Light In The Winter Darkness’ for readers to plan future visits to the city.  

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