Artworks displayed this year during the first annual Noord Riyadh festival of art and light set two Guinness World Records, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
‘Beacon’, by Politsh artist Carolina Halatek, broke the record for the largest LED (light – emitting diode) structure. The sculpture, which was on show at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center between Marc 18 and April 3, consisted of 272,160 LEDs.
‘Star in Motion’, by Belgian artist Koert Vermeulen, was suspended at a heigh of 252 meters on the Kingdom Center tower and radiated 1.2. million lumens of light. It set the world record for the brightest suspended ornament.
Noor Riyadh, which ran from March until June, featured a number of installations across the city and a series of events, including the Light on Light exhibition at King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center, a major retrospective of light art from the 1960s to the present day.
The festival included works by more than 60 artists from more than 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, with the aim of providing an inspiring cultural and human experience for locals and visitors alike.
Other events included tours, musical and cinematic performances, virtual discussions, workshops, and family activities in 13 locations across the city. It also aims to help achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by contributing to the development of a creative economy and making Riyadh one of the most livable cities in the world.