The Cathedral's Façade
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is multi-faceted and in a way alive: each new period of history has brought with it some modifications, as well as a new way of looking at and understanding it. During the festival, the stonework turns into pixels, and construction begins once again using new materials.
This light display was created by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and represented the environmental challenges of space and time, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, the material to the immaterial, and research to instinct, in a combination of art and science.
The Palais St Pierre
The façade of this building runs along the long side of the square, accommodating monumental installations every year. This year a display called ‘Sens dessus-dessous’ or ‘Upside Down’ transported the public to the fantastical world of Jules Verne, from the centre of the earth all the way to the North Pole!
The Façade of the Hôtel de Ville
This imaginary journey through climate change combined light and projection with the story of a mad scientist in charge of the climate and the oceans who chases after the owl who broke his machine. This was one of the main installations in the 2016 festival and was sponsored by EDF, the French electricity company.
This year a gigantic red heart installation was displayed in front of the theatre’s main façade in the middle of Place des Célestins, which lent its name to the light show titled ‘Coups de Cœur’, or ‘Heart-throbs’. For three evenings it allowed the city and its lovers their very own love heart.