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Shipyard Cranes Lighting Giants // Skira Architectural Lighting

Pula, Croatia

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“In addition to its plethora of historic monuments, the Mediterranean city of Pula is known by its shipyard Uljanik, one of the oldest working in the world. Uljanik, built in 1856, is again the focal point of the city: its majestic cranes are bathed in lights. Cranes project was originally conceived in 2000 and finally realized this year with the support of local authorities and private sponsors.

© Skira Architectural Lighting

© Skira Architectural Lighting

The industrial revolution in the early 19 century has brought us some new monuments which still stand and move every day in the gentle dance of steel, helping to create some of the greatest commercial ships ever built. The large-scale light feature adds the vertical axis to the luminous sea horizon, creating dynamic sculpture in the night landscape.

© Skira Architectural Lighting

© Skira Architectural Lighting

The eight cranes, with the capacity of 200, 150 and 45 tons, respectively, are functional as well as monumental. The shipyard is active and continues to build ships, which makes this project unique in the world and the scenery quotidianly different. The lighting designers, engineers and technicians illuminated the cranes with 73 RGB Colorcinetic LED spotlights, weighing 40 kg each.

© Goran Bogicevic

© Goran Bogicevic

Each light consists of 64 pieces of LED chips that can be programmed to 16 thousand different variations of colour and intensity. Choosing lighting design can thus be adjusted for various occasions and celebrations. This blend of technology and history is sensitive to the city’s past as the shipyard harbour, celebrating the generations of workmen that constituted the heart of Pula.

© Goran Bogicevic

© Goran Bogicevic

The cranes continue to shine for fifteen minutes on every hour from 9pm till midnight, giving the city of Pula the living sculpture to be proud of.”.

© Goran Bogicevic

© Goran Bogicevic

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