Circle of Life

During the winter, the inner city of Amsterdam lights up. For more than fifty days, the historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique décor for this international festival. Circle of life by Rob van Houten was selected by the jury for Water Colors.

Circle of Life is a moebiusring shaped light sculpture. It is the embodiment of the reciprocal interaction of life, as the City is a representation of social interactions. The three sides of the ring are part of a continuous surface because the structure of the moebius, making a 3 dimensional shape out of 1 continuous surface. A circle in a circle, mimicking life as a continuous movement, reciprocal and circular in nature.

The moebiusring’s play of light is influenced by pedestrians in their use of the urban space, and marks a moment of crossing. The circular gate around the pedestrian bridge is a physical symbol of social and urban interaction and an urban manifestation of the ‘rite the passage’.

The city will be complemented by Circle of Life and other light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary (inter)national artists. The boat route, Water Colors, will take visitors past artworks along Amsterdam’s canals and the Amstel. The walking route, Illuminade, winds through the city center. The theme for this year’s festival, ‘A Bright City’, challenges artists to create a tribute to life the city. The resulting artworks present a unique take on the modern city of Amsterdam.

Circle of Life was on exibition from 27 November 2014 to 18 January 2015.
For more information, visit Amsterdam Light Festival


project data

client:             Amsterdam Light Festival
contractor:    oRb
electrical:      Vasco Showtechniek
budget:          € 30.000,-
diameter:      5 m.