On 27 April 2001, the Licht-Kunst-Speicherstadt association was founded in Hamburg. At that time, the initiators already laid the important foundation stone for the impressive brick ensemble and today’s UNESCO World Heritage Site to be brought out of its “shadowy existence” and put in an artistic light every evening. Without this association, whose members operate exclusively with private-sector commitment, the Speicherstadt would still be dark and its massiveness would appear more threatening than inviting.
Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt has become one of the Hanseatic city’s best-known sights and a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. For more than 20 years, the unique illumination has been particularly popular, which makes the red-brick warehouse and office buildings shine in a soft light in the evening hours. The pictures of the illuminated ensemble are the most published pictures of Hamburg worldwide.
Investments of more than 1 million euros
This was made possible by the Licht-Kunst-Speicherstadt association. It was founded in 2001 by companies and private individuals in a joint initiative with the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). The approximately 50 members as well as sponsors and partners created the conditions for the Speicherstadt to become a shining centre of attraction every evening. To this end, the association has invested more than 1 million euros in recent years, a sum generated solely from donations and sponsoring activities.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the “Licht-Kunst-Speicherstadt e.V.”, Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media, said: “The fact that the Speicherstadt World Heritage Site shines for all of us cannot be taken for granted. With the founding of the “Licht-Kunst-Speicherstadt” association exactly 20 years ago, this extraordinary place was finally put in the right light. This is due not least to outstanding civic commitment. In the future, too, under the artistic direction of Michael Batz, our world heritage is to become more and more art through light, freely accessible and even climate-neutral. “A valuable symbol of Hamburg full of charm.”
Around 1,200 luminaires are now installed on the storage blocks and bridges between Oberhafen and Baumwall. At dusk, they transform a large part of the area into a glowing work of art until shortly after midnight. The Speicherstadt is exemplary in every respect. Their artistic illumination marked the breakthrough for contemporary lighting design in public spaces in Hamburg.