Working Shipyard by Day, Dazzling Light Sculpture by Night

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June 2 2014 12:28 PM

Working Shipyard by Day, Beautiful Light Sculpture by Night

Illuminated cranes in Pula, Croatia.

Photo by Dean Dubovac

Croatian architectural lighting designer Dean Skira has turned an industrial landscape of looming cranes at Uljanik Shipyard in the city of Pula, Croatia, into a striking installation he’s calling Lighting Giants.

Designer Dean Skira installed LED lights that can display a range of colors.

Photo by Goran Sebelic

Built in 1856, Uljanik is one of the oldest working shipyards in the world and the eight cranes used in the project build ships by day. By night, thanks to 73 Philips RGB LED spotlights—which can be programmed to 16,000 different variations of color and intensity—the machines turn into an illuminated spectacle.

A technical sketch for Lighting Giants.

Courtesy of Skira

In a press release, Skira writes that it took 14 years to develop the project, which received funding from the Tourist Board of Pula and private sponsorship.

The light show reflected in the bay of Pula.

Photo by Goran Sebelic


The designer said that as a boy he used the rowing club opposite the shipyard. “Every day I looked at the cranes that dominate the skyline of Pula bay,” he writes. “When the town authorities started considering relocating the shipyard, I came up with the idea of highlighting them instead.”

The cranes at Uljanik shipyard build ships by day.

Photo by Goran Sebelic

Lighting Giants is an ongoing sculpture that lights up for 15 minutes of every hour from 9 p.m. until midnight.

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