Light art work ‘Qinhuai Street Nanjing’ is the start of a multiple year cooperation between GLOW Eindhoven and the Qinhuai Lantern Festival from Nanjing, China. The light festivals will not just exchange light art works in the coming years but also knowledge and experience and they will build new works together.
Light art work _PING by the Eindhoven light artist Gijs van Bon is part of the Qinhuai Street. The Chinese artist Gu Yeliang conjures these beacons in the Qinhuai Street Nanjing into Chinese pillars.
In February 2019 these beacons will travel to China. There they will be transformed by Yeliang into lanterns, an ancient Chinese art form, and then become part of the Qinhuai Lantern Festival. In addition to the many special lanterns Yeliang is also specialized in sculptures, objects and public spaces.
Gu Yeliang, as one of very few Chinese artists, is a master maker of the exceptional ‘Lanterns’. For more than 400 years these lanterns have marked the start of spring in China. Gu Yeliang believes that this ancient art form must not be lost. Through workshops he passionately shares his knowledge with Chinese youths.