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Luna was created by world-renowned decorative lighting experts MK Illumination. A bespoke one-off design, Luna was made specifically for Lumiere in recognition to the whales in the waters around Vancouver. Luna is named after the well-known orphaned orca whale that inhabited the waters of the Nootka Sound from 2001 to 2006. Separated from his mother at a young age, he spent five years delighting tourists and residents alike off the coast of Vancouver Island.The white powder-coated frame is 7 meters long by 2.5 meters high and contains over 6,000 LED white environmentally friendly bulbs. 

We have loved seeing Luna light up English Bay and Luna will be on display until January 25, 2022.

Lumière has always held a vision of connecting with other light festivals around the world, and this year, we are delighted to be working with the Portland Winter Light Festival on an exchange program. In January our orca Luna will head south to Portland bringing with her some Vancouver sparkles. We look forward to growing this partnership and facilitating the flow of creativity and art.

The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is an annual event of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organisation. PDXWLF is presented to guests for free, and builds community by bringing art and technology to inclusive audiences while invigorating Portland in the winter.

February 4-12 2022, the festival is returning for a seventh year as a decentralised citywide event with pop-up art in windows, businesses, and unusual spaces, encouraging guests to explore the city to view art while allowing for equitable access for more families and guests. Pop-ups will be interspersed with large, dynamic anchor art installations. This replicates the successful model of 2021, where the festival adapted to the current pandemic climate by pivoting towards touch-free installations, encouraging community celebration while adhering to COVID guidelines. Read more about the Portland Winter Light Festival by clicking here.