Lighting Giants


Designer Dean Skira has turned eight cranes at one of the world’s oldest working shipyards into a giant light show, creating a new tourist attraction in Pula, Croatia.

Architectural lighting designer Dean Skira lit up the cranes at Uljanik Shipyard with 73 RGB LED spotlights weighing 40kg each, as part of a project called Lighting Giants


“The idea is partly related to the time in my youth spent practicing rowing at a club opposite Uljanik,” Skira explained. “Every day I looked at the cranes that dominate the skyline of Pula bay.”


First conceived in 2000, the light show made its debut in May 2014 after receiving some private funding and a £32,174 (300,000 HRK) grant from the Croatian Ministry of Tourism.

“When the town authorities started considering relocating the shipyard, I came up with the idea of highlighting them instead,” Skira said.

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A wi-fi based remote control system allows up to 16,000 different colours to shine on the cranes, while a series of blinds are used to prevent light pollution. Via Dezeen

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