UNESCO recently kicked off the International Year of Light at its headquarters in Paris in January, with a little help from SGM.

‘The opening ceremony took place over two nights, which saw UNESCO’s HQ being bathed in light from SGM’s range.

Finnish lighting artist and designer Kari Kola prepared a full concept design which included light, video and music, all displayed on the Fontenoy building.

Over 1,500 people attended the opening ceremony with diplomats, scientific societies and technology platforms from around the world all being present.

The ceremony marked the beginning of the ‘International Year of Light’, which is an initiative intended to raise global awareness about the importance of light for the future and for the development of society.

Kari’s installation used 130 SGM P-5 wash lights and 14 G-Spot moving heads, along with 70 LED based fixtures and 12 projectors.

“I wanted to reflect the most powerful elements of natural light, Aurora Borealis (Northern light) and sunrise, bringing in the North and the nature to the opening ceremony,” Kari explains.

The 360° installation covered the building in blues and greens contrasting the warm colours of the sunrise and accompanied by music composed by the designer himself.

Kari’s abstract light creation was helped along by the P-5 LED wash light, which took the leading role, while being assisted by the G-Spot moving head.

The purpose was to break the surface with gobo animation and video content,” he says. “Everything had to be IP65 rated, and I needed lots of power and a good saturation of colours, so these units were perfect for the job.”

Celebrations for the International Year of Light will continue around the world until the end of the year. You can find out more about events near you on the festival’s website.

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