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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Open call for artists to have their work displayed in lights on the Burj Khalifa 

Want to see your design up in lights on the tallest building in the world? There's now an open call for new movies and animations for the Burj Khalifa's LED light show

The Burj Khalifa has put out an open call to designers, light and 3D mapping artists to submit their work - 10 selected pieces will be displayed on the world's tallest building. Courtesy Emaar
The Burj Khalifa has put out an open call to designers, light and 3D mapping artists to submit their work - 10 selected pieces will be displayed on the world's tallest building. Courtesy Emaar

Are you a designer or artist that would love to see your own work on the largest display screen in the world? Well, Emaar has just put out an open call for works to be submitted for its record-breaking LED light show that is projected onto the Burj Khalifa.

Submissions are open until February 28, and 10 winning designs will be splashed across 109,252 square metres of the Burj Khalifa (the Light Up 2018 show beat Hong Kong's Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single structure).

The open call was announced on Instagram today, and more details of submission guidelines can be found on the Burj Khalifa website. Individuals or groups, both in the UAE or internationally, are invited to submit their light or 3D mapping designs.

The guidelines suggest designers think about how the work will be viewed at a distance of around 100 metres (so larger video details or animations are recommended), and submissions shouldn't be longer than five minutes of video content in MOV format. There are downloadable files to help artists with their submissions on the Burj Khalifa website.

When the winning works will begin to be displayed, we don't yet know. The Light Up 2018 show is due to run until March 31, and so the open call perhaps suggests that the LED light show will continue on in another form after this date (unless the February 28 submissions are turned around very quickly and incorporated into the current show). We will keep you updated.

WHERE SHOULD YOU WATCH THE CURRENT LIGHT SHOW?

The Burj Khalifa is both the world's tallest building and the largest single display surface on earth. Courtesy Emaar
The Burj Khalifa is both the world's tallest building and the largest single display surface on earth. Courtesy Emaar

Keen to see Light Up 2018? The show starts at 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and at 10pm on Thursday and Friday, and is best seen from near the Dubai Fountain, or at Souk Al Bahar or Burj Park. It's good to watch it from a slightly further away vantage point, rather than standing directly underneath the tower, so that you can get a full view of the whole show. And remember, the Dubai Fountain has a show that is coordinated with the LED display.

You can watch a video of the show here:

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