Glass artist Meeli Koiva was selected via competition from European artists at the European competition “Light in the City”, Northern Light.
In the course of the event 14 Nordic artists presented their work.
The light event “Light in the City” showcase works by Nordic light artists that have been selected by an international group of experts.
The Hasselt, Belgium event October 17-th- October 19-th 2013, was the first in a 2 year series, and forms part of an European Union project “Light in the City”.
At these gatherings Nordic lighting artists will have the opportunities to exhibit their works and engage with others working in the field internationally.
The weekend lighting event attracted participants from 12 different countries those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lightings artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.
The goal is to create via collaboration new highly professional level artistic sculptural light dominants for European cities.
Meeli Kõiva has been examining the possibilities of combining glass and light to extraordinary pieces of artwork for already more than 30 years, thus being a pioneer in this area. She introduced her highly innovative work of art in Europe and in the US for private residences and public buildings and also introduced her latest projects that are being realized.
Meeli Kõiva`s many architectural works got top art experts compliments at the conference: “Reactive River” a glass and light sculpture/video exhibited at the European Parliament main building Brussels, Belgium (which was created for the Birthday of Estonian Republic), a fibre optic sculpture for the shopping centre Forum in Helsinki and “Feuille Qui Vole”- glass and light sculpture for the Glaston Corporation in Finland.
The programme featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting and visually unique innovative future visions in the European cities. The project was financed by an association Europe for its Citizens.
The light event coincided with the staging of the City`s light festival. One item in the light festival`s programme was a Querilla Lighting Stunt, which was implemented as part of the joint project and involved manually illuminating four locations, masses of spectators were in attendance