Philips Lighting has given the Hendrix bridge in Zagreb, Croatia, aÂ creativeÂ lighting makeover, transforming the railway bridge with a spectacular LED light show that is triggered by trains passing over it.
The 300 meter-long Zeleni Most (Green Bridge) spans the River Sava in the Croatian capital. Most people in the country simply know the bridge as the âHendrix bridge,â ever since graffiti with the surname of the legendary rock guitaristÂ Jimi HendrixÂ first appeared on the bridge in 1995.
Philips Lighting worked with the famous Croatian lighting designer, Dean Skira on the project. At night the bridge is bathed in an almost ethereal white light showing off its arch, spans and graceful design. However, as a train approaches, it is detected by a sensor and the white light fades to black causing the bridge to seemingly disappear. Then, as the first coach behind the locomotive crosses the bridge, colored lights come on in sync with the speed of the train crossing the bridge. Both the bridge and train are bathed in a moving ribbon of color worthy of a riff from the bridgeâs namesake. As the train disappears the white light returns.
The revitalized railway bridge makes the surrounding area more attractive for locals and visitors. âThe goal was to upgrade the visual identity of the City of Zagreb. It is part of our plan to enhance city life around the Sava river,â explained Ivan BabiÄ, Head of the Infrastructural Services Department for the city. âThe innovative LED lighting highlights the grandeur, color and the beauty of the bridge. Itâs become a tourist attraction with people often stopping to take pictures in front of it.â
Lighting designer,Â Dean Skira, said, âMost bridges are utilitarian in appearance; few of them possess the architectural or structural ingredients required to be able to use light as a medium to enhance the beauty of the engineering. What we created with Philips Lighting was something very special.â
Project details:Â The client for the new illumination is the Council of the City of Zagreb. The luminaires were supplied and integrated by the Philips Lighting partner company Lipapromet and the lighting installation publicly opened on June 1, 2017.
Lighting design:Â The design was by Dean Skira ofÂ Skira Ltd, the award winning Croatian architectural lighting design company.
Technology used:Â The project uses 740Â Philips Color Kinetics Vaya whiteÂ linear luminaries; 56Â Philips Color Kinetics eW Graze MX PowercoreÂ white fixtures and 26 colorÂ Philips Color Kinetics Vaya Flood MP G2 RGBÂ fixtures. The lights are controlled by aÂ Philips Color Kinetcs iPlayer 3controller andÂ Philips Dynalite lighting control system. A Geolux sensor, which detects approaching trains, is connected to the control system.
Philips Color Kinetics technologyÂ has been used in more than 50,000 installations across the world.Â Other famous landmarks lit include: the Empire State Building, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, Edinburgh Castle, the London Eye, the KÄ±rÄ±kkale Nur Mosque, the Allianz Arena, the Victoria Falls, the Pyramids, the Taipei 101 Tower and the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang.