Light & Art Map

The Light & Art Map was co-created by the cities of Lyon, Oulu, Turin and LUCI Association within the Light & Art in Public Spaces (LAiPS) project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme.

Co-creating the Light & Art Map

From 2021 to 2023, the project partners completed successful rounds of Light & Art Labs in Turin, Lyon, Oulu, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.

During these Labs, they experienced the profound impact that permanent light and art has on the identity and ambiance of urban spaces. In many ways, light art can enhance the feeling of security and wellbeing and develop placemaking after dark. Permanent light art is a good way to support social interactions, as citizens engage in dialogue about the installations and gain a sense of pride in their neighbourhood.

To gather and share more information about light art, the idea came about to develop a new digital tool, based on a map. The partners wanted to make this cultural resource accessible to a wider audience: for more people to experience light art installations and experience it in a new way!

Light art map

Discover the Light & Art Map

The purpose of the Light & Art Map is to help users find the light artworks and learn about the artistic intent behind them. Residents will discover or re-discover their city in a new light – at night. It also has a strong added value for visitors who will experience places that are often unknown and unsuspected.

For professionals, the Light & Art Map can be used as a desktop tool to dig deeper into the technical aspects and learn how cities integrate light art within their wider urban lighting strategies or cultural planning.

The Light & Art Map currently features

  • Over 100 light art works in the 9 cities of Amsterdam, Durham, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Lyon, Oulu, Rotterdam, and Turin. LUCI member cities are invited to add their light art works on the Map, contact us if you are interested!
  • 4 different languages are available for many of the artwork descriptions: English, French, Italian and Finnish.
  • The search bar allows users to find an installation by artist name, keyword, filter by city or type of light art: light art installation, projection, murals, bridge/tunnel, media façade, park, fountain, sculpture, projection.
  • By clicking on any artwork, users have access to more information including a detailed description, the artistic intent, the technical solution developed, the energy consumption, stakeholders and partners involved, and more. Photos of the artworks are also included.
  • Each artwork is georeferenced: in two clicks, the user can be taken to Google Maps for directions to the specific artwork.

How to use the Light & Art Map