Guerrilla Lighting – Bucharest 2017

May 6, 2017
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The Guerrilla Lighting event was organized by the Romanian Lighting Association in Bucharest amid planning preparations for the international SHARE conference. The main objective of Guerrilla Lighting was to draw attention to the urban elements that make up the city’s identity using light and the voluntary participation of people who appreciate beauty and care about the place in which they live.

We’re talking with Sarah Ambrozie, the event’s light artist.


Hi there! What does Guerrilla Lighting mean?

To me, Guerrilla Lighting is an artistic act that transforms urban architecture by giving it new shapes and facets using light and people. Essentially, four buildings we believe deserve more attention were selected in Bucharest. We then planned out the Guerrilla Lighting event, during which 50 people lit the buildings using flashlights, colour filters and other accessories. The act aims to let city officials know that Bucharest needs more light and that the city can be lit creatively and even colourfully.


What was your contribution to this project?

I was invited by the Romanian Lighting Association (RLA) to take on the project’s light artist role. I designed the light contours and colour mixes that were projected onto the façades. Together with the temporary teammates from Flash Lighting Services – founding member of the RLA –, I planned the event agenda and coordinated the almost 50 student volunteers from the “Ion Mincu” Architecture and Urbanism University.


What is the lighting concept for the four buildings?

In order to highlight diversity and balance, the first three façades are lit using contrasts of cold and warm-colour shades.

For the Architecture University, I proposed a simple and dynamic magenta / pink – turquoise combo that defines the building’s volumetric modulation, i.e. the difference between the high, deep gate and the façade’s relatively flat surface. The upper edge is another volume that is explored using cold colours.

The façade of the Faculty of Letters has a higher variation of decorative architectural elements, which requires a wider range of colours and more diverse light projection techniques. Disco balls were used to add a bit of extra brightness.

As a symbol of growth, development and transformation, the first level of the University’s façade was coloured in magenta, the next level had white light added onto the first colour, and the top level was entirely white.

The “Ion Mincu” University communist façade was decorated using an entire arsenal of bright colours, as I wish to bring in all the more light, colour and life in areas that have a dark history. And as I trusted the architecture students’ creativity, I asked them to create their very own scenarios in addition to the ones I came up with. The façade was therefore lit dynamically using coloured or unfiltered light, it then switched to a scheme inspired by Mondrian’s works which, in the end, turned into the colours of the Romanian flag.

What do you think of the fact that such projects are being developed in Romania?


I believe they are a necessary step towards the embellishment and enrichment of Romanian culture and of the urban environment. They help broaden the view of all those interested in lighting design, light art, lighting and more. All companies and institutions that wish to convey a message to the public can do so in a number of innovative ways using light!

What are your future plans in terms of light art?

I’m highly interested in this field, currently on the rise in Romania, because I wish to explore uncharted territories with the hope of developing and adapting certain international trends to Romanian niches. I also wish to suggest to Romanians to communicate using light!


Sarah Ambrozie
24 years old

Photo credits : Cîrlănaru Irinel, Chihai Laurențiu, Romanian Lighting Association

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