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Cranes perform bizarre, yet elegant, light show in Austria

London: Construction sites are regularly labelled eyesores, but a new video has revealed they can be elegant, and even beautiful.


In sync: The cranes are being used in the Urban Lakeside Vienna project in the town of Aspern, just outside the Austrian capital. The project is building a 590-acre suburb for 20,000 people. Peter Jablonowski and Thomas Pöcksteiner from production company FilmSpektakel spent the whole day at the construction site in February to film the timelapse video.



A total of 42 cranes were ‘choreographed’ by their operaters during the Kranensee event — dubbed a ballet of cranes — in the town of Aspern in Vienna in February.

Production company FilmSpektakel recorded a timelapse footage of the dancing cranes throughout the day, which climaxed with a 30-minute light show.

Urban Lakeside Vienna is Europe’s largest construction site, and the project is building a 590-acre suburb for 20,000 people — complete with a shopping mile — set to open next year.

The Kranensee event was organised by the Aspern Urban Lakeside management company and took place on February 15.

Locals were invited to come and view the dancing cranes throughout the day, and the 30-minute-long light show began after sunset.

Peter Jablonowski and Thomas Pöcksteiner from Vienna-based FilmSpektakel spent the whole day at the
construction site in February to film the timelapse video.

They used a variety of cameras including two Canon 6Ds, a Canon 550D and Canon 600D. The video is set to the song Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling.

Throughout the video there are various shots of the dancing cranes filmed at different points during the day.

A number of shots show the crane drivers eating their lunch, as other construction workers make their way around the site.

>> The video was captured during the Kranensee event in Aspern, Vienna
>> Over 40 cranes were ‘choreographed’ by workers during a 30-minute show

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