Blue Port
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Blue Port
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Blue Port
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Blue Port
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Blue Port
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Blue Port
© Hamburg Cruise Days / Jan Schugardt

Blue Port Hamburg

September 2021

With all the water that flows in and around Hamburg, one thing is clear: the colour blue belongs as much to Hamburg as the harbour or the Michel. But there is one week per year during which Hamburg appears especially blue. We’re talking about Blue Port Hamburg.

Every two years during the Hamburg Cruise Days, nocturnal Hamburg, including four kilometres of the harbour and some of its most beautiful landmarks, are bathed in a blue, almost magical light.

The renowned light artist Michael Batz, who installed blue arches of light in Hamburg for the Football World Cup 2006, is responsible for this. Since 2008, his “Blue Port Hamburg” art project shows the Hamburg Harbour in an ever different way; it tells stories and fascinates people. The light sources arise mainly from footpath lighting, public lighting or building lights that the artist allows to play together in an atmospheric manner

With over 9,000 lighting elements, the port shimmers in blue after dusk on these ten days and increasingly incorporates buildings and bridges in its spell. At the end, there is a unforgettable “gesamtkunstwerk” that inevitably entices visitors to nightly walks along the Elbe.

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