The "Lebendige Stadt" Foundation and Hamburger Hafen- und Lagerhaus AG (HHLA) collected over one million deutschmarks for the illumination of the historic warehouse quarter. The "Illuminated Speicherstadt" project was initiated and managed by artist Michael Batz.
More than 3,000 people came to the opening celebrations in April 2001 to marvel at the spectacle from aboard 55 motor boats – the biggest convoy of boats since the "Speicherstadt" was built in 1888. Thousands of visitors lined the bridges and riverbank promenades.
The illumination of the “Speicherstadt” district is one of the most interesting art and urban development projects in Hamburg. Thanks to the illumination of this city heritage district, the Hanseatic metropolis now boasts a new and truly international cultural attraction. An additional color "event lighting" concept has also been integrated in the overall scheme.