150 underwater spotlights infront of the New Opera House, turning on and off independently of each other
150 underwater floodlights should be placed in irregular distances in the area of the shipping barrier
(approx 70 x 200 m).
The floodlights should be turned on and off by chance and very slowly so that a field of shimmering light points arises and different »images« can be seen. The permanent changing light of the floodlights produces continously changing structures in the water. The water is not totally clean so that light is given a reflection medium to become visible in water.
These »images« refer both to the context of the opera and of the sea:
On the one hand the »play of light« refers directly to the main and characteristic element of the opera to the music, using the same equpiment which is used in the opera to illuminate both the stage set and the actors.
Supposingly each floodlight is assigned a special tone, the floodlights perform a sort of visuell music and create a connection to the opera where music is perceptible in an acoustic way.
The white colour of the light is a very pure element which refers to the very pure character of both the architecture opera which is built from white stone and the basic element water.
On the one hand the permanent changing ornamental structure of the lights may remind to a moving shoal of fishes.
The concept deals with the idea of »biolumineszens«on the ability of animals, especially of fish in the deep sea to produce light themselves. In nature animals use this selfproduced light for example to catch their victims or for camouflage. In difference to this situation in the deep sea here in this context you can see the light in the depth:
In the area of the shipping barrier in front of the New Opera House spotlights should be placed on the ground
The fading in and out and shimmering light points also refer to the sky, to shimmering stars and imaginary star constellations.
The arrangement of shining floodlights also reminds of notes on a sheet of music.
Moreover, the arrangement of lights may remind of a perl necklace.