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News: 02/09/2017

Exceptional piece of light art on first Unesco International Day of Light

Exceptional piece of light art on first Unesco International Day of Light

Finnish light artist Kari Kola creates exceptional piece of light art on first Unesco International Day of Light on 16 May, 2018 in Paris

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Light Artist Kari Kola generates a piece of light art called Day and Night in Paris in honor of the first International Day of Light. The themes of the artwork are light and darkness, day and night, the sun and the moon.

The artwork will cover Fontenoy building of UNESCO headquarters and the Globe monument in front of it.

—In addition to light, I want to accentuate the dark. Today light pollution of the metropolis’ is a significant problem and it affects negatively to the wellbeing of us all. Through my art I can concretely underline those themes and issues I feel strongly for and which are important, this is one of them, says Light Artist Kari Kola on his piece of art. —I am very honored by being invited to take part in the first International Day of Light and being able to display light art as one part of this day, continues Kola.

Kari Kola attended the Opening Ceremony of the Year of Light in 2015 in Paris and then he altered the UNESCO headquarters into an artwork. —I am priviledged to be able to execute my art onto the UNESCO headquarters again, says Kola. — The artwork may still be sized up significantly, but on that we will inform you next fall, hints Kari Kola.

International Day of Light

The International Day of Light will provide an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of the central role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. Following the highly successful International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015, the broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society to participate in activities around the world around May 16th to raise awareness of science and technology, art and culture, and their importance in achieving the goals of UNESCO — education, equality and peace.

The International Day of Light will be proclaimed at the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2017 and the first celebration will take place on 16 May 2018.

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