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Concept and Design: Koert Vermeulen and ACTLDFabrication: FisheyePhotos: Fisheye, Noor Riyadh and Aziz JanProduced by Balich Worldwide Shows

Shining bright atop the Kingdom Tower, Koert Vermeulen’s Star in Motion illuminates the skies above Riyadh while subconsciously underscoring the festival’s theme, Under One Sky. In spirituality, the symbolism of stars is the knowledge of good and truth. Throughout the world, in most major religions, stars represent the luminaries that gleam, glow and flicker throughout the heavens. Stars emit streams of light into our atmosphere and reflect a collaborative understanding of genuine solidarity and honesty, shining for all eternity. Stars are universal connectors, bringing harmony and unity around the world, reminding us we are all under one sky. The artwork establishes a powerful link between the city, activated by Noor Riyadh’s light installations, the night sky above it, and the whole world, standing out as a brilliant beacon of hope and celebration for Noor Riyadh 2021.

Noor Riyadh was a citywide festival of light and art as a Riyadh Art program, March 18 – April 3, 2021.

Project by the numbers:

  • 6,2m in diameter 
  • 520 linear meters of LED strips
  • 16 moving head fixtures 
  • 1,2 million lumens
  • 257m high above the ground, suspended within the open space of Kingdom Tower 

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