A RADIANT FRANKFURT
1985 was an international anniversary year:
Frankfurt celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. And on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birthdays of J. S. Bach and G. F. Händel, and the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Alban Berg, the Council of Europe proclaimed the “European Year of Music”.
Frankfurt high-rises during this period signified banks. The objective of this light space is to make the
high-rises into the “corner pillars” of a space artwork. Its solitaire symbolism merges with the name of the city of Frankfurt and its tradition of celebrating special cultural events with a light space.
In the process multiple reflections of rays of light transform the city into a work of art similar to
Moholy-Nagy’s Light- Space-Modulator. A light ballet consisting of walls of light – a response to the
space-defining fireworks during imperial coronations in 16th –18th- century Frankfurt, to Frankfurt as the site of trade fairs, stock exchanges and banks, and to the “European Year of Music 1985”.
lighting engineer: Bartenbach LichtLabor, Innsbruck
sound space: Josef Anton Riedl, München
engineering: IFFT, Petar Reich, Frankfurt
sponsor: Deutsche Bank Frankfurt, DG Bank Frankfurt, Landeszentralbank Frankfurt (Deutsche Bundesbank)