How can we celebrate sustainably? Artist Daan Roosegaarde became inspired by the magical light of fireflies, and a desire to update the culturally ingrained ritual of fireworks. The result is SPARK, a poetic performance of thousands of organic sparks of light that float through the air, designed by Studio Roosegaarde. The Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao-Biscay, Spain, is the first in the world to showcase this innovative solution for sustainable community celebrations, launched just before the Chinese New Year.
SPARK Bilbao transforms traditional and polluting methods of celebration such as fireworks, balloons, drones and confetti into a new sustainable celebration. You can view the premiere of SPARK Bilbao today at https://studioroosegaarde.net/project/spark.
Thousands of light sparks
Through a combination of design and technology, thousands of light sparks made of biodegradable materials are moved silently by the ever-changing wind; inspired by fireflies, flocks of birds and the galaxy of stars. In Bilbao’s central park, this dynamic 50 x 30 x 50 metres cloud of SPARK inspires visitors to wonder and reflect on their connection to each other, themselves and nature. SPARK will be exhibited June 1-3, 2022 in Bilbao-Biscay.
Artist Daan Roosegaarde is inherently motivated to transform our fear of the future into curiosity by designing realistic alternatives. During the growing collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde, Draiflessen Collection and The Wellbeing Summit, the artist developed this groundbreaking and enchanting landscape artwork.
SPARK Bilbao invites everyone to become part of the journey to an environmentally-friendly future. With SPARK the interconnectedness between humans and nature is celebrated, and traditions can be maintained in a new way. Moreover, it is a sustainable alternative for community events that want to promote reflection and celebration, such as the Olympics, the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve or other communal celebrations.
“Celebrations are an important moment for communities to gather together and cherish their cultures. SPARK Bilbao evokes a child-like wonder which reconnects communities.” – Corinna Otto, Museum director Draiflessen Collection and curator of The Wellbeing Summit
“For many people the current situation feels restrictive, and traditional fireworks are getting prohibited everywhere. SPARK Bilbao is a place of wonder which triggers reflection and shows a new sustainable alternative of celebrating together.” – Daan Roosegaarde, artist
SPARK Bilbao is created by Studio Roosegaarde in collaboration with Draiflessen Collection, the Wellbeing Summit and Media.Monks. SPARK is the fourth project in the series DreamScapes with Media.Monks in which a dream is turned into reality to create a better world. With special thanks to the city of Bilbao-Biscay, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Museum.