Kinetic Light Sculpture

At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, the Stuttgart artist rosalie installed a light sculpture measuring approx. 42 x 14.5 m on the facade of the Hamburg State Opera. The installation in the form of a diagonally opening curtain permanently changed its colour. During the opera performances, it bathed the surrounding urban space and the opera foyer in a differentiated, changing spectrum of colours.

Kinetic Light Sculpture for Hamburg

Werner Sobek supported the project by planning the load-bearing substructure that was attached to the outside of the façade. This construction was designed in such a way that it could be dismantled without leaving any residue. All components could be reused or used for other purposes. The substructure consisted of a stabilising support structure made of steel and wooden profiles from which a textile rope net was suspended. The fibre optic strands of the installation were looped onto this rope net.

The Stuttgart artist rosalie, born Gudrun Müller in Gemmringen in 1953, died in 2017 at the age of 64. Werner Sobek worked closely with rosalie again and again and supported her projects, such as the light vortex at the “Himmelsflügel” in Nuremberg and the “Schmetterlings-Mobile” at the Olgäle Hospital in Stuttgart.

atelier rosalie, Stuttgart/Germany

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Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (preliminary and draft planning; preparation of verifiable structural calculations and related installation and layout planning)

State Opera Hamburg/Germany

Wolf-Dieter Gericke, Waiblingen/Germany

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