From October 25 to 27 the Graz Sound and Light Festival took place for the eighth time. Over 100,000 visitors came from Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia to see the fifteen sound and light installations produced by international artists. This year the main item exhibited in the castle ruins on the Graz Schlossberg and one of the four items requiring the purchase of a festival admission ticket was an Earth sculpture, EOC’s “Blue Planet”.
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Together with the Viennese composer and musician Rupert Huber, who also musically awakened to life the Earth sculpture at the Gasometer in Oberhausen, EOC visualization specialists again combined art and science to the advantage of both these human endeavors to emotionally move and simultaneously to inform. In contrast to the large exemplar in the Gasometer exhibit, “A Fragile Paradise”, more abstract remote sensing data were additionally used to produce the image on the four-meter sphere at the festival. On an accompanying display board visitors could inform themselves about the data incorporated.
Although it was necessary to purchase a festival admission ticket to view the DLR installation, long lines formed at the entrance to the Schlossberg casemates. Visitors waited patiently up to an hour to see Earth from the perspective of an astronaut. Those who missed the Earth sculpture at the Graz Sound and Light Festival still have time until November 26 to experience the suspended Earth model on display at Gasometer Oberhausen.