An interesting project of outdoor lighting to give new life to Pula’s shipyard and industrial area.

“Lighting giants” is an industrial heritage lighting project which aims at honoring the shipyard of Pula, in Croatia. Uljanik is one of the oldest working shipyards in the world. Instead of moving the shipyard out of the center, it was brought to the fore and celebrated as a living landmark recalling the city’s heritage that has brought prosperity to the city.

To do so, designer Dean Skira has turned eight cranes at this old working shipyards into a giant light show, creating a new tourist attraction. By using 73 RGB LED spotlights weighing 40kg each, the project bathes eight majestic cranes in LED light programmed to emit 16,000 different variations in color and intensity. Pula’s Lighting Giants display happens every night from 9pm-12am. The cranes are still in everyday use, which meant that Skira had to work with the shipyard’s engineers to ensure lighting did not interfere with their regular working activities.

A large-scale light feature adds a vertical axis to the luminous sea horizon, creating a dynamic sculpture of the seafront. A distinguished landmark that has revitalized the seafront of Pula through a “gentle dance of steel”.


Project: Illumination of living cranes – Pula, Croatia
Special Mention – City.People.Light awards 2014
Mention – Lighting Design Awards 2015 – International Project of the Year – Exterior
Lighting design studio: Skira Architectural Lighting Design
Credits: Skira Architectural Lighting Design