Pink Caravan at Lux Helsinki

Lighting the Town Pink

Glowing pink spots have appeared on the horizon during the darkest days of the Finnish winter, courtesy of designer Ainu-Eliina Palmu.

For Lux Helsinki, a light installation festival hosted by the city, light artist Palmu set out to 'paint the town pink' with her ‘Pink Caravan’ series. The installations, which wrap stony facades in soft rose, have transformed stately historical structures across central Helsinki into life-size Barbie castles, accompanied by a custom composed soundtrack.

The festival began on 4 January, with the debut ‘target’ the Finnish National Theatre. Other spots have included central station and the Kaisa-talo building, and tonight’s location is in the Kaisaniemi Botanical Gardens. Tomorrow's spot will be revealed today at 22:00 on the festival’s facebook page, and if you’re in Helsinki, it's the last night to catch the display.

Lux Helsinki runs until 8 January in central Helsinki. You can pick up a free ticket for a festival walking tour at the Tourist Information centre at Pohjoisesplanadi 19.

Photos courtesy Hannu Iso-Oja and Marina Ekroos.

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