Lightning giants are a unique, modern installation, which is used to light the shipyard cranes, forming a work of art. The author of the project is a world famous designer Dean Skira, the owner of the Lumenart company from Pula. Lightning giants have been installed in the largest Croatian shipyard, Uljanik in Pula, with the help from the city of Pula, Ministry of Tourism, Arenaturist, Uljanik and others. Even though the project of the crane lightning has begun in 2000, it has been realized 14 years later, on the 4th of May for the town’s day celebration, and the final night of Visualia Festival. (photo credits: Goran Sebelic livingdesignonline)
Technical characteristics of the Lightning giants in Pula
- there are eight 100 m high cranes weighing several tons covered in light
- 46 RGB reflectors weighing 40 kg each that can change color
- sophisticated control system with the ability to adapt to various manifestations and events
- value of the project was 2.75 million Kuna (360000 Euro)
Lightning giants has become an attraction and an important landmark of Pula as an active touristic European destination. The performance itself lasts around 15 minutes, and is being held every hour after it gets dark. By using LED technology, the cost were reduced in the next 15 years.
In the competition “city.people.light” for the world’s best lightning installation, Lightning giants were elected 2nd in the competition with Seoul, London, Copenhagen, Lyon and others. The project also received an award from the Ministry of Tourism as the best innovation in tourism.
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