Public housing area Gadekærvej in Valby, Copenhagen, has undergone a major renovation, which included the construction of a 600 m2 LED-poem embedded in the house-ending wall. The piece of art has been developed in a collaboration between the area residents, poet Morten Søndergaard and Ramboll. The LED-poem has been named ‘The Wall of Dreams’ and was inaugurated in May 2015.
The relatively boring concrete wall has been transformed into a poem constituted by 117 individual dreams, which were designed by Ramboll. The dreams have been carved into aluminum and are lit by an LED lighting installation at night.
“I dream about moving to Mars”, “I dream of a poodle”, “I dream about the woman on the second floor”, “I dream about becoming a police officer”.
These are some of the 117 dreams which were collected by creator and poet Morten Søndergaard. This was done at a workshop with the area residents, young and old.
When the night sets and the lighting design gets lit, the wall of dream shows to its best advantage. From being a decorated façade in the day time, the wall transforms into a piece of art at night.
“The wall elevates into a whole new level when the lights are being turned on at night”, concludes poet Morten Søndergaard.
Morten Søndergaard continues to explain how the lighting design creates a feeling of safety for the area residents in the late hours, which is being highly welcomed by Villy Brejning, Chairman and resident at Gadekærvej, “The lighting design creates an overall feeling of safety which allows the residents of the area to come out and enjoy the wall and the other recreational areas in the darkest hours of the day”.
Initially, the poem should have been painted on the wall and lit by several lighting spots situated on the ground. However, when Ramboll entered the project, that approach was challenged, says lighting designer Vladan Paunovic from Ramboll.
“We wanted to create a lighting design that captivates the good energy in which the poem was created, and the previous lighting design didn’t comply with that energy”.
From the very start, Ramboll and Morten Søndergaard worked closely together on creating a lighting design that highlighted the poem in the best possible way.
“The overall process and collaboration with Ramboll Lighting has been amazing. They challenged me because they wanted the piece to be as good as possible. We worked closely together on creating the right look, and I truly believe that we have achieved that. By looking at the finished ‘Wall of dreams’ I wouldn’t have it any other way”, Morten Søndergaard concludes.