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Sacred Illumination


Lighting installation at an early Christian baptistery

The internationally renowned lighting artist Mischa Kubal was entrusted with the illuminaton of the Baptistery located east of Cologne Cathedral. The remains of an early Christian font are from the fifth century and are the oldest building of Christian tradition in the city. The impressive ecclesiastical room around the Baptistery was designed by the Munich architects Allmann, Sattler, Wappner. To the east, a spacious panorama window offers a view of this historic site and Kubal's work. The lighting installation runs in three successive scenes. These consist of shadows and reflections from a central, rotating mirror ball. The projected forms refer to the original Christian symbols alpha and omega as well as the octagonal form of the baptismal basin. The Baptistery is staged as a particular, sacred place, visible at all times from the new eastern bypass road of Cologne Cathedral.


Cologne Cathedral, east side

Dombauhütte Cologne

Art Director:
Prof. Mischa Kubal

Technical Implementation:
Erik Denneborg,

Projection Systems:
2 x GL 80 LED with DMX (interior, mirror ball)
4 x PHOS 20 outdoor (casting light outdoors)

Frank Brauer, Markus Lück