Since 1969, Stubbebryteren has
been a defining feature of Oslo Harbour. Originally located on board the ship
Christen Smith, the derrick crane was used for loading and unloading railway
wagons and locomotives due to India on behalf of the British government. Later,
Oslo Harbour purchased the crane to lift transformers, turbines, or even entire
ship sections ashore. In the 1990s, the crane was
decommissioned, but it was not until 2016 that it was dismantled and relocated
to the far end of Sjursøya, near the access-restricted cargo harbour zone. The
crane, also known as the "Stump Breaker," is easily visible from the
sea and stands in a 7,000 square meter green area. This park features
vegetation similar to the islands found in the Oslo Fjord, creating a visual
continuity in the landscape. At the top of the crane, almost 20 meters above
the ground, a panoramic platform provides an emotional view of the harbour and
the city of Oslo.
Stubbebryteren is composed of
a tower that pivots at the base and is linked to a web of steel pipes and
braces, which allow it to move freely in any direction. Recently, as part of an
urban requalification plan, the crane has been transformed into a historic and
cultural landmark of Oslo's cargo harbour.
renovate the area, an eye-catching lighting system was necessary to showcase
this unconventional monument with captivating color-changing effects at night.
Designed by the lighting experts at Light Bureau, the concept aimed to
highlight the crane's distinctive features with vibrant, saturated colors and soothing
shades of white light.
To achieve this,
the lighting designers used Jupiter lighting fixtures in RGBW color
configuration, equipped with either elliptical or narrow beam optics. These
fixtures were embedded in the semicircular anchorage structures of the derrick
crane, ensuring that they were not intrusive. Additionally, the designers choose
modular bars from the Parade L2 and L3 series, with wide optics and RGBW color
configuration, to complete the lighting scheme with accents of bright colours.
These bars were hidden among the gears of the crane to deliver unexpected
effects coming from within the crane body itself. The installed luminaries are
all automatically time-controlled.
The final result is stunning, as the entire height of
the crane now shines brightly in vibrant hues of red, blue, and white standing
tall in Oslo's harbor as a beacon in the night.
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