Riyadh folks, wondering what that beam of light in the sky is? Here’s what it is…
Did you notice it?
Have you been in downtown Olaya lately and noticed the laser beams in Riyadh’s sky in the evenings? If you’re wondering what that is, it’s a spectacular laser light show titled “Dialogue” by Christopher Bauder, as part of the world’s largest light art festival, Noor Riyadh.
The performance features an awe-inspiring exchange of laser beams lasting around seven minutes between Riyadh’s iconic Al Faisaliah Tower and Kingdom Tower.
During the show, the laser beams establish a dialogue between the two landmarks, akin to Morse code or semaphore flags. Each luminous colour takes on a different meaning, conveying moods, feelings, emotions and personality traits.
Reflecting the spirit of Noor Riyadh, “Dialogue” is conceived as an ode to the power of communication: a celebration of diversity and creativity between individuals and communities across the world.
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Christopher Bauder, born in 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of more than 100 artists participating at this year’s Noor Riyadh. His practice focuses on large-scale art installations and lighting designs, which are brought to life using products developed by his design and art studio WHITEvoid and its in-house lighting technology manufacturer, Kinetic Lights.
Where to catch the show?
Although the best vantage points are in downtown Olaya or on King Fahad Road, Riyadh residents can watch the beautiful interplay of laser beams from anywhere in the city up to ten kilometres away or online with a synchronised soundtrack.
The spectacular show is performed every half hour from 6pm to 1am on weekdays and 6pm to 2am on weekends, until Saturday December 16.
Look at the bright side
Noor Riyadh has returned for its third edition, which runs until Saturday December 16. The free citywide spectacle bathes Riyadh in a glow of large-scale light art, captivating building projections, performances, and beyond. So, gather your friends and family and witness artistry unfolds in five hubs across the city – KAFD, JAX Diriyah, Wadi Hanifah, Salam Park, and Wadi Namar. Meanwhile, Noor Riyadh’s accompanying exhibition at JAX runs through to Saturday March 2, 2024.