Foto Marita Haukemaa

Telegraph of Time

As the last rays of sun in 2020 go down, laser beams will light up the Helsinki sky. The art work is part of Helsinki New Year at Home.

As the last rays of sun in 2020 go down beyond the horizon, laser beams will light up the Helsinki sky, transmitting “2020–2021” in Morse code in all directions from the Olympic Stadium tower.

The Morse message display will be seen in the city sky and will be audible through speakers on site as well as on analogue radio frequency 105.8 MHz. The audience will also be able to share their New Year’s resolutions and wishes on the radio programme through the event's website. What are your dreams for 2021? Who would you like to send a New Year’s telegram to?

The Olympic Stadium tower will turn into a kind of modern telegraph for the New Year’s night to send messages about the change of year. It will be a message about the passage of time across the Helsinki sky, and it will demonstrate the transition from the last night of the year to the first day of the new one.

The work can be viewed all night, and you can choose a time and place that suits you to watch it. The work can be experienced for about 18 hours in total. It is visible online and from unobstructed places with a view of the Olympic Stadium tower throughout the Helsinki area.

The radio laser work has been designed by Ilkka Paloniemi.