Balloon, Bubble, Globe

At the Knokke-Heist Light Festival, visitors will encounter two large spheres. One giant sphere appears in the heavens during the walk, unreachable resting on a roof, the other is on the ground like a living organism, waiting for the gentle touch of a human hand. They are called “Moonburn” and “Sonic Light Bubble”.

Like two fallen stars, these giant spheres will temporarily reside on our Earth, undoubtedly longing to be stroked, for a kind word from The Little Prince. In the meantime, we can all admire them.


While we protect ourselves with sun cream from bright rays on sunny days, we cannot do anything against the power of the moon. Those walking to “Moonburn” on 22 December under the full moon should beware! This glow-in-the-dark moon feeds on the craziness of humanity during the day. It absorbs light and pressure within it. When night falls and you look up unsuspectingly at its luminous beauty, you will be overcome by temporary madness and think you will be transported to a different dimension.

The Dutch collective “Stichting Barstow” formed in January 2014 in Amsterdam, comprises the artistic spirit of Steven Bos, Susan Lanting and Gover Meit. Their aim is to support and stimulate visual spectacle in all its forms: theatre, film, music, art. The search for new ways to bring art and entertainment closer together is the central focus. The more senses can be stimulated simultaneously, the better.

For “Moonburn”, the trio painted a six diameter balloon with glow-in-the-dark-paint. By exposing it to ultraviolet light, the balloon shines back to the public.

The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better.
– Edward Norton –


Your mind has nothing to fear when you approach “Sonic Light Bubble”. This translucent sphere, also 6 diameters across, responds with light and sound when touched by visitors. It will not have to wait long with its magical, translucent beauty.
Its surface is scattered with an array of 236 interactive LED disks both inside and outside that respond with light and sound when approached. The reaction intensifies with touch. These disks can be compared to a 360° video screen that works both night and day.

The multimedia design studio, ENESS from Melbourne designed this installation. They say themselves that they work at the intersection between art and technology, combining varying techniques such as lighting, software, architecture, interactive design and sculpture. When founded in 1997, ENESS was a pioneer in the art of 3D video mapping, projecting on structure, with theatrical and sport shows. Their art has been exhibited worldwide, from many museums of modern art to the streets of Mumbai.

Nimrod Weis, the Creative Director said when the work was on show in London: “Sonic Light Bubble has a life of its own jet-setting around the world. I love seeing the reactions from people of many cultures. This work has been experienced by over a million people, we can’t wait to see the audience reaction in London.”

We can’t wait to the reaction of the people in Knokke. What about you?