Trajectum Lumen - In Lumine Tuo...
On the evening of Thursday 11 April Queen Beatrix, accompanied by Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima, officially opened the celebrations for the tricentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht by setting the Dom Tower alight. At the same time she unveiled a unique work of art by the London lighting design collective of Speirs + Major. This work, entitled In Lumine Tuo..., is the centrepiece of Trajectum Lumen, the trail of artistic illumination that winds its way through Utrecht city centre, culminating every evening on the hour.
In lumine tuo…
Through their work In lumine tuo … the well-known illumination architects Mark Major and Keith Bradshaw from Speirs + Major in London unite the Dom Church with the Dom Tower in a unique and entrancing tableau of light. The title is an allusion to the Latin saying In lumine tuo videbimus lumen – In your light we shall see the light. And, indeed, this work literally lights up the ecclesiastical history of the Dom Square and Utrecht and forms a superb apotheosis for Trajectum Lumen.
In the evening, after dark, In lumine tuo… adds a dramatic dimension to the stained glass windows of the Dom Church by illuminating them from the inside and outside. Every fifteen minutes a play of light seems to bring the church and the tower alive. The light edges up from the ground as a projection of memories from the past and wanders via the Church to the lantern of the Tower where it unleashes an awesome burst of energy.
In lumine tuo… consists of lots of tiny LED modules which can be individually steered by a show controller. The work is interactive and a link can be laid to the melodies from the bells. Thanks to the LEDs, the energy needs are low and the costs are kept to a minimum.
A floating halo above St Willibrord’s Church, a stained glass window of light at the Buurkerkhof, bridges spangled with fairy-tale lights across the Oudegracht: the centre of Utrecht has acquired a totally different look and feel in the evening thanks to Trajectum Lumen. The trail of lights, which is free of charge, passes 20 illumination designs by artists and students from Utrecht School of the Arts. These can be viewed every day between sunset and midnight. Trajectum Lumen was launched by the Municipality of Utrecht to enhance the appeal of the city in the evenings.
Tricentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht
Three hundred years ago the Treaty of Utrecht brought an end to a long, worldwide war. Peace and freedom were given a chance to flourish because the European leaders at that time chose dialogue and diplomacy. This historic feat is being celebrated three centuries later with an international cultural programme called ´The Art of Making Peace’ that will run from 11 April to 21 September and link art and culture to topical themes.