Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz will be aglow with 3D light sculptures from 28 November to 29 December 2018, each of which represent one of eight of the city’s tourist highlights including the Stuttgart television tower; the Wilhelma; the Mercedes-Benz Museum; the Porsche Museum; the funeral chapel; the Wasen; and two of the city’s most popular musicals “Anastasia – The Broadway Musical” and Disney’s “Aladdin”.
In the center of this memorable festive display, the anniversary column stands proud and tall, and this year it’s also part of an interactive fund-raising campaign from Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg to help children in need in the region. The principle is simple: the column is decorated with thousands of light points, but the lights will only shine when donations are made by visitors online or at the landmark itself. After each donation, a quick press of a button in front of the column activates the 8000+ lights, bringing the structure to life. For the lucky few, pulsating hearts appear on the column, and when the lights darken, the silver ring indicating the amount of donations received to date climbs higher, on its way to the very top of the monument.
The rainfall-like lighting effects are complemented by the light sculptures that surround it after darkness falls, which are brought to life every hour on the hour. Visitors to Schlossplatz can not only enjoy the animated anniversary column, but also an extraordinary light show that uses light to animate each of the 3D artworks against the atmospheric backdrop of the New Palace. Definitely a Christmas highlight not to be missed. For more information, visit Glanzlichter Stuttgart.
Where does your donation go?
Herzenssache e.V. is an aid campaign organized by SWR, SR and Sparda-Bank, based on the belief that every child in the Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland regions has the right to a happy life. The charity campaigns and collects donations to young children and youth – along with their families – who are going through difficult times, often as a result of illness like cancer, and other challenging conditions. You can learn more about Herzenssache (German only) here.