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Making a big splash
on a scenic seafront

Uljanik cranes, Pula, Croatia


Pula’s Lighting Giants were lit for the first time during Visualia, the festival of lights in collaboration with the Tourist Board of Pula. The night walk reached its luminous finale in front of thousands of visitors at the Pula seafront, with cranes being lit dynamically to the music score.

Shipyard cranes - Lighting Giants in Pula by Skira

The idea is
partly related

to the time of my youth spent practicing in the rowing club situated opposite Uljanik. Every day I looked at the cranes that dominate the skyline of Pula bay. I think the project manages to emphasize this distinctive symbol of the city and celebrate its industrial heritage.”


-Dean Skira, lighting designer, Lumenart Ltd

Illuminating cranez with Philips lighting creating an amazing result
Cranes in the seafront at Pula, Croatia nicely lit with Philips outdoor lighting

The project


The Mediterranean city of Pula in Croatia, for example, is known by its shipyard Uljanik, one of the oldest working in the world. Uljanik, built in 1856, dominates the skyline with eight massive cranes. When the town authorities started considering relocating the shipyard, lighting designer Dean Skira came up with the idea of highlighting them instead.

Philips color lighting turn cranes in at Pula, Croatia into an amazing
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The right lighting


The new large-scale light feature adds the vertical axis to the luminous sea horizon, creating a dynamic sculpture in the night landscape. This blend of technology and history is sensitive to the city’s past as the shipyard harbor, celebrating the generations of workmen that constituted the heart of Pula.


Uljanik and Skira technicians illuminated the cranes with 73 Philips ColorReach Powercore gen2 LED floodlights, Each light consists of 64 pieces of LED chips that can be programmed to 16 thousand different variations of color and intensity.


The lighting design can thus be adjusted for various occasions and celebrations. Blinds were used to prevent unnecessary dispersion and light pollution and to create additional diffusion effects.



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Metal monoliths
made magical

The Team

Pula Tourist board


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Uljanik Shipyard


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Dean Skira, Skira lighting design

Lighting design

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Sponsors and donators

Croatian Ministry of Tourism






Town of Pula



Goran Sebelic

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