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    Making a big splash
    on a scenic seafront

    Uljanik cranes, Pula, Croatia


    Pula’s Lighting Giants were lit for the first time during Visualia, the festival of lights in collaboration with the Tourist Board of Pula. The night walk reached its luminous finale in front of thousands of visitors at the Pula seafront, with cranes being lit dynamically to the music score.

    Shipyard cranes - Lighting Giants in Pula by Skira

    The idea is
    partly related

    to the time of my youth spent practicing in the rowing club situated opposite Uljanik. Every day I looked at the cranes that dominate the skyline of Pula bay. I think the project manages to emphasize this distinctive symbol of the city and celebrate its industrial heritage.”


    -Dean Skira, lighting designer, Lumenart Ltd

    Illuminating cranez with Philips lighting creating an amazing result
    Cranes in the seafront at Pula, Croatia nicely lit with Philips outdoor lighting

    The project


    The Mediterranean city of Pula in Croatia, for example, is known by its shipyard Uljanik, one of the oldest working in the world. Uljanik, built in 1856, dominates the skyline with eight massive cranes. When the town authorities started considering relocating the shipyard, lighting designer Dean Skira came up with the idea of highlighting them instead.

    Philips color lighting turn cranes in at Pula, Croatia into an amazing

    The right lighting


    The new large-scale light feature adds the vertical axis to the luminous sea horizon, creating a dynamic sculpture in the night landscape. This blend of technology and history is sensitive to the city’s past as the shipyard harbor, celebrating the generations of workmen that constituted the heart of Pula.


    Uljanik and Skira technicians illuminated the cranes with 73 Philips ColorReach Powercore gen2 LED floodlights, Each light consists of 64 pieces of LED chips that can be programmed to 16 thousand different variations of color and intensity.


    The lighting design can thus be adjusted for various occasions and celebrations. Blinds were used to prevent unnecessary dispersion and light pollution and to create additional diffusion effects.




    Metal monoliths
    made magical

    The Team

    Pula Tourist board


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    Uljanik Shipyard


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    Dean Skira, Skira lighting design

    Lighting design

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    Sponsors and donators

    Croatian Ministry of Tourism






    Town of Pula



    Goran Sebelic

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