A spectacular installation by light artist Michael Batz has turned Hamburg into a magical blue night-time stage and marks the start of a week full of cruise events including “Seatrade Europe” and the “Hamburg Cruise Days”. Held annually since 2008, this year’s Blue Port Hamburg installation was switched on last Friday (September 1) and has sparked international attention. The Elbphilharmonie and several other buildings are shining in mystical blue light every night until September 10.
Blue Port – a masterpiece in artistry and logistics
Preparations for the light show took a full year and the installation spans 8.5 kilometres on both banks of the Elbe river. Around 50 kilometres of cable have been laid, 15,000 cable ties and 900 sockets used and over 20,000 blue light elements attached to buildings, industrial plants and ships in the Port of Hamburg. The installation team often had to work at dizzying heights to put all this in place. The highest point is the Elbphilharmonie, the 110-metre-height roof of which now glows in new blue light. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel districts have also been lit up.
Cruise Days – Hamburg turning blue for ten days
The sensory experience will intrigue locals and visitors from all over the world until September 10 and along with the Elbphilharmonie – is set to be one of the most popular picture-perfect spots in the city. The illuminated port will take centre stage from September 8-10 during the “Hamburg Cruise Days” preceded by the three-day “Seatrade Europe“ that gets underway on September 6.
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