Not only did they create an amazing Guerrilla event, they also produced a brilliant video - it’s stunning!
Guerrilla Lighting Donostia
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:52:36 +0000
It’s taken way to long for us to put this up, we have no real excuses other than the usual busy with work syndrome but hopefully the team in San Sebastian can forgive us and we can definitely say it’s worth the wait. The sites themselves are amazing and the results are great! Below, in their own words, you can read the first Spanish guerrilla lighting mission from 19th December 2014!
“Last Friday, 19th of December we gathered a motivated crew and gave some great sparkle to Donostia-
San Sebastian! Guerrilla Lighting Donostia is one of the first activities of the project Winter Solstice Call,
part of the activity cycle of Donostia, European Capital of Culture 2016.
On this first event, a lighting design basics workshop was shared and followed by a Guerrilla Lighting. We
wanted to test social cohesion aspects and local people’s interest on the matter of lighting and urban inter-
ventions, by showing them the power of light!
Awesome pictures were taken, both of the sites itself and also of people on action, which reflect the vivid
vibe around. Thanks a lot to Álvaro Valdecantos, Gorka Bravo and Heidi for your fantastic snaps!
An open call was made were mostly local people of diverse backgrounds was engaged. We meet at the old
firefighters building and managed to gather enough people to start our mission! We walked towards Bay of
La Concha to begin with our route;
The first site was a covered walking path underneath Concha’s Promenade which serves as a shelter from the heating sun or pouring rain. Even if it is placed on the middle of the city, it is a neglected place were usually dodgy things happen….
Thanks to some focused and directed lighting architectural details were enhanced and several depth levels
could be appreciated. Many passers-by joined and watched.
The second site was very close to the first one but presented a different character. They are Concha’s
Clocks, a beautiful landmark on the bay.
We turned off the actual light given by characteristic globe lampposts and instead went for wall washing
effects and corner enhancing by the use of elliptical lenses. We also focused on meaningful elements such
as clock and barometer and played with different colour temperatures of halo and LED flashlights as to create a natural contrast.
As a third site we chose a small arch that serves as a connection in between the promenade and beach
We thought it was time to introduce some colour!! Using cyan and orange filters the site got a bit more dra-
matic and vivid. Here we also played with one icon of the city, Concha’s Railing, and project its shadow on
the ground! It was designed by Juan Rafael Alday, as well as Concha’s Clocks, lampposts and firefighters’
building. On its left, Santa Clara Island is appreciated, pearl of the bay.
We continued walking through the tunnel and got into some fun stuff playing with mirror balls and glow sticks!!
The last site was a charismatic small building situated on the beach which presents great architectural inter-
est. Nowadays it is an administrative building related to Kayaking. It has no exterior lighting and therefore,
at night it is imperceptible.
By lighting some details and facades and also shooting towards the inside, we managed to dress it on
We want to say, THAKS A LOT to all participants, not only for your involvement but especially for your wonderful attitude! It was a smooth cooperation in between all of us and got to enjoy it all the way. If this was a
test to see if inhabitants of Donostia and its surroundings were ready for a Guerrilla Lighting action, we saw,
they truly are and besides, they are eager for action!
Also big thanks to all our collaborators. Starting with Lupercales, a fantastic team that helped us organising
both events and have been together since the first rehearsal under pouring rain! Great job the one of Carla
Jardim, representing Flash! Light Collective and Iñaki and Raquel from Arquimaña. We all formed a great
coordination group. It was a pleasure to have you all.
This could have not been possible without the cooperation of Donostia 2016, promoter of the project, Donostia City Council and Slce, public lighting maintenance team and Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. Thanks a
lot to everyone.
Just remember this is the begging of our journey, as now we know we can go beyond and continue towards
Leamington Old Town
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:23:48 +0000
We’ve got to admit - we got caught out by the weather. It had been raining, but the reports promised a good break in the rain perfectly timed for our mission into Leamington Old Town. It was nice a dry as everyone arrived but when we went out onto the streets the skies opened and the rain came down.
The people of Leamington did not flinch they went out into the rain with torches, filters and a massively positive attidude. We had a troop of around 60 people with us - from all ages and aspects of the local community - and they did a stirling job. We got round all four sites in a record time and the results were beautifully recorded by our old time collaborator Sanna Fisher-Payne. We even managed to introduce the new PixelStick into a couple of the shots.
The first site up was the United Reform Church on one of the main routes into Old Town. The guerrillas quickly got into their stride and transformed this forgotten icon into a stunning entry point.
Right in heart of Leamington, All Saints Church is a gothic masterpiece that equals many cathedrals in size. At a busy intersection and hub of public transport it disappears into darkness at night - we hope you like the guerrilla transformation!
The next site was the much used and very busy Polish Centre - another classic building that responded well to a quick guerrilla treatment!
Our final stop on the architectural lighting mission was back to our base in the creative arches - a passageway that you would probably not go down at night. Touched by no public lighting it leant itself to guerrilla but would definitely benefit from a permanent installation. In case you are wondering - we didn’t turn any lighting off, it really is that dark!
And finally we had a bit of glow stick fun and got everyone light writing in the car park…
A great big thanks to everyone that came out to help us, especially the team leaders from Woodhouse Lighting.