Fête des Lumières Features Christie Digital in a Big Way

Although the origin of the Fete des Lumiere in Lyon France is a little on the dark side (1643, when the municipal councilors promised to pay tribute to Mary, Mother of Jesus if the town was spared from plague) it is anything but dark. This year, with the Festival set to run this year from December 8 to 11, Lyon, in its role as “the capital of light”, welcomed some of the world’s top artists and became for the 13th consecutive year -the scene of one of the largest urban events in the world. Nearly 4 million visitors from around the world came to explore the city and enjoy the grandiose, poetic and truly out of the ordinary artistic creations. For four nights, the city’s monuments, rivers and hills were transformed into a vast expanse of artistic expression
for the lighting designers, architects, sculptors and video artists who were selected for the creativity of their projects.

From Christie Digital:
Known for the quality and reliability of its high-performance projection solutions, Christie projectors were deployed at four of the Festival’s sites that hosted monumental projections, coordinated by some of Christie’s exceptional technical partners.

Alabama, an audiovisual and event services company based in the Rhone region, handled projection duties for the project initiated by the Cluster Lumière. The Palais de la Bourse was turned into a giant reflector, illuminating and reflecting the work of lighting professionals out over the celebrating city. The installation plays on light reflection: the windows of the north façade of the palace will be equipped with mirrors, and four 3-chip DLP® Christie Roadster S+20K projectors with an output of 20,000 lumens each will be aimed at the windows, creating the illusion of intense light coming from the interior and reflecting over the surroundings.

Over at the Chapelle de l’Hôtel Dieu, E/T/C/ will be using two 3-chip DLP® Christie Roadster HD18K units to project a 15-minute loop of selected works by young artists from French art schools entitled Images Labo onto the façade of the chapel. Christophe Domino, art critic, curator and teacher, director of experimentation and large-format image research at the Le Mans School of Fine Arts and the Projectile initiative, a vehicle for projects in contemporary art and new technologies in Paris, handled the artistic coordination, selection and support of these projects.

Created by La Scop and project manager Gaël Piquet, Faites des Lumières allows members of the public to get involved, personally creating their own light show on the front of the Gare Saint-Paul. This performance was made possible by the Modulo I Light, a large touch pad developed by Yannick Kohn, from which individuals chose an overall theme and background music, a video animation and color for each section of the building. Four 3-LCD Christie LX1500 15,000-lumen projectors installed by IDScènes displayed the approximately 120,000 possible combinations generated by Modulo I Light.

Marie-Jeanne Gauthé (Light Motif) was back at the Place des Terreaux after her 2009 piece entitled Jouons avec le temps earned her that year’s Partners Trophy, awarded by the City of Lyon. Her creation Un air du large displayed in the Place de la République was also a hit with the public at the 2010 Festival. This year, in Transe Nocturne, the creatures of the Bartholdi Fountain undertook a night-time escape and indulged in a mad dance on the walls of the Place des Terreaux. VLS managed the technical services and projection using four 3-chip DLP® Christie Roadie HD+35K projectors with an output of 35,000 lumens and four 3-chip DLP® Christie Roadie 25K projectors (25,000 lumens) to create the most ambitious presentation in Lyon this year.

“Again this year we are proud to participate in the major event that is La Fête des Lumières, through both the creative talents and technical expertise of Christie’s partners,” said Pascal Gervais, Christie’s Regional Director.

Some recent videos:
From Dailymotion (with ads, sorry…):

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