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Tallinn St Johns by Sandra Herd

Two nights ago we saw the biggest gingerbread church in the world.

We watched as the church was decorated with yellow and blue icing…and then we watched in delight as huge ‘bites’ were taken out of it.

We were witnessing an unusual light display put together by video mapping artist, Taavi Varm. His canvas was St John’s Church in Tallinn’s Freedom Square. For nearly twenty minutes the church morphed from one spectacular light display to another as images and lights projected onto the church facade delighted us, and the thousands of others who had come to watch the closing display to celebrate Tallinn as European Capital of Culture 2011.

The light show was accompanied by ten churches around the city filling the Old Town with the sound of their bells, ringing in harmony and complimenting the light show.

The ‘grand finale’ was the setting alight of a huge 2011 ‘sculpture’ which you can see in the foreground, creatively called, ‘2011’. Unfortunately there was only one can of lighter fluid and one man with a match! By the time the ‘1’s were alight the 2 and the 0 were nearly extinguished which made us giggle. The highlight though was the fantastic work of Taavi Varm, it was a beautiful display and a real treat for us as we’d only heard about it the day before. By the time we arrived for the show there were thousands of people already in the square. Luckily I found a spot on the hill to position the tripod and get some shots off. The shot above is, of course, the gingerbread church.


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  • Comment by Peta North — December 28, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Thats amazing, did you have a bite???
    It looks so beautiful and still cant believe its made from ginger bread.

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — December 31, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    Hi Peta,
    It’s not really made from gingerbread, it’s a light projection on the front of the church…very clever indeed. However, I have had my fair share of gingerbread since we’ve been in Europe…can’t beat it with a hot cuppa.
    Happy New Year x

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