Luminale

Festival of lighting

The illuminated Grossmarkthalle

© Robert Metsch

The fourth Luminale, an international festival of lighting, took place between 6 and 11 April 2008. Every two years, the Luminale is held in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region as part of the Light+Building trade fair.

Casa Magica

The illuminated Grossmarkthalle

© Robert Metsch

In 2008, when the Luminale was held for the fourth time, the European Central Bank (ECB) also took part. The lighting artists Casa Magica from Tübingen (Friedrich Förster and Sabine Weissinger) illuminated the southern facade of the Grossmarkthalle in the evening hours until midnight.

Three motifs

The illuminated Grossmarkthalle

© Robert Metsch

Three motifs were beamed in rotation onto the signature facade with its grid pattern of windows: the first motif of fruit and vegetables recalled the building’s former function as a wholesale market hall; the second focused on the present, with diggers, cranes and concrete mixers alluding to the conversion of the Grossmarkthalle into the ECB’s future premises; and the third freely adapted the formal principles characterising banknotes, thus highlighting the Grossmarkthalle’s future role as the ECB’s headquarters.

Opening night

The illuminated Grossmarkthalle

© Robert Metsch

On the opening night, the ECB invited all interested parties to an information session in front of the hall on the Ruhrorter Werft, looking onto the illuminated Grossmarkthalle.