"Voûtes Célestes" by Miguel Chevalier
Multimedia artist Miguel Chevalier
illuminates Saint Eustache Church for Nuit Blanche 2016, an annual event that celebrates local artists and the rich cultural history of the church itself. Chevalier's digital projections are once again tailored to the environment to dazzling effect as the vaulted ceilings are suddenly opened to the deepest constellations of space. Geometric connections of light and color fire off like synapses in the great gothic brain of the ancient cathedral. The church's organ, masterfully played by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard
adds a surreal yet awe-inspiring quality to the whole affair. As always, much thought and preparation has been given to these performances of light and Chevalier works at the apex of his craft to deliver a vision as ambitious as the stars. In his own words:
"“Voûtes Célestes” is a generative and interactive virtual-reality artwork projected onto the Saint Eustache Church’s chancel vaults, its central nave, its transept crossing, and its two transepts. Surprising imaginary sky charts are created in real time. The visitor discovers a variety of colored networks of light that spread out in the form of sinuous webs. These large meshes take form and then lose their shape, changing following the movements of visitors in the central nave, creating ever renewed, diversified universes. These suspended universes accentuate one’s impression of the monument’s loftiness and lightness. Visitors are invited to stroll around, to sit in the pews, and to lift up their eyes toward the heavens."
Video courtesy of Claude Mossessian. All images courtesy of Miguel Chevalier. See more on his website or follow him on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram.
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