Dennis Parren installs light tower at Lowlands music festival

Dennis Parren installs illuminated tower at Lowlands music festival

This 18-metre-high light installation was created by Dutch designer Dennis Parren for the Lowlands music festival in The Netherlands (+ movie).

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

Built from a metal scaffolding framework and covered in evenly spaced steel cables and triangular fabric panels, the Lift tower was designed to function as a central meeting point for the three-day festival's 48,000 revellers.

A computer-controlled platform housed at the centre of the structure used four LEDs to generate over 1,000 watts of light, and moved up and down the middle of the tower to create shifting light and shadow effects on the external panels.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

Taking around a week to complete, the project came with a set of specific challenges according to Parren – from the safety of the festival-goers, to the structure's ability to withstand weather conditions.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

The central platform's LEDs needed to be well ventilated, as well as protected from the damp to ensure the sculpture still worked in wet conditions.

"The LED platform had to able to move, be rigged very precisely, be programmable, calibrated to the structure, and emit enough light to ensure that we would have sharp coloured shadows on the banners," the designer explained.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

"We've tested this in our studio beforehand, as finding bright lights isn't a problem, but creating sharp coloured shadows is."

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

Lowlands festival director Eric van Eerdenburg was originally intrigued by Parren's CMYK light bulb – which combined a white light source with coloured LEDs to cast shadows in cyan, magenta and yellow – and commissioned the designer to create something similar on a larger scale.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

"With this we continue to tell stories about light and how magical and mysterious it is," Parren said. "Most people don't think about light, most even don't know how light works, or know why the sky is blue, or that the sunlight is build up out of multiple colours."

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

"This tells the story of the CMYK lamp to a whole new audience," he added.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

Although the structure has now been disassembled, Parren told Dezeen it could be rebuilt again at next year's Lowlands, or another music festival.

Lift light installation by Dennis Parren

Austrian arts collective Neon Golden combined light and movement in an installation that mimicked the movements of fireflies, while Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde's Waterlicht installation used LEDs to create wavy lines of light that would give the impression of a "virtual flood".