Symphony

The Dubai Opera is one of the world’s most contemporary buildings. Located in the centre, proudly built on the edge of the ocean and the desert, it represents strength and belief in the future. And in its heart, from grains of sand, a fragile beauty has arisen.

Concept

Symphony by name, the lighting sculpture is lit by nearly 3000 LED sources and sparkles with thousands of hand-blown crystal components. In its profound structure, it bears the symbolism of both the innumerable sand grains of the desert and water drops of the ocean.

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World in a Grain of Sand

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

--Auguries of Innocence, William Blake--

Gallery

Story behind the light

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01/05

Sketches

In the beginning there was a sketch…
It all started from a sketch…
A sketch is a sketch is a sketch…
Well, you know how it goes.
02/05

Innovation

Along with the Mahidol University and the National Bank of Kuwait, this is one of our key dynamic installations. The whole structure is connected to the Opera data network and can be operated from an iPad or a smartphone. Just think what beauty you can hold in the palm of your hand.
03/05

Production

Fishing net swirling myriads of opalescent bubbles in the depth of the ocean – such was the image that inspired the Symphony lighting installation. A shining stream composed of tiny hand-blown glass pearls.
04/05

Components

Each of the 3000 crystal drops is fitted with a special chip to control the light. Composing crystal and electronic elements was in this case extremely demanding for precision and attention. Especially with so many pieces. But the result is breathtaking.
05/05

Light in space

The Symphony installation percolates 3 storeys of the Dubai Opera. The 5-ton light set consists of a net of thousand crystal drops fishing around for symphonies of light.

Great thanks

We appreciate all these lit people!

Libor Sošťák

Generally speaking, experimentation is the basis for all my work. I like to combine the idiosyncratic. I like to join history with the future. The goal is not just the product itself, but also the entire process which leads up to it.

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