Daniel Knipper, stage designer and lighting director, works mainly with architectural heritage, in particular historical monuments. He has been responsible for lighting Strasbourg Cathedral for the past 25 years and has produced light shows in Lyon on several occasions.
The façade of the Hôtel-Dieu, which is currently undergoing the largest renovation project in Europe, has finally been freed of its scaffolding and is set to be unveiled at the Festival of Lights. Admire it in all its glory, enhanced by the talent of Laurent Langlois and Daniel Knipper. A series of scenes trace the history of the building, from its construction to its role as a hospital and not forgetting the period during which it housed a convent. See if you can spot the allusion to the future of the Hôtel-Dieu! Through clever trompe-l'œil effects and emphasis of its architectural lines, the Hôtel-Dieu shines once again!
►On view from December 4 to 29,
You observe the hill, and the hill looks back at you. The basilica opens one eye, then another, and still another... Next, these familiar eyes taken from the works of great painters (Botticelli, Matisse, Warhol, Jawlensky, de la Tour, etc.) spread over the buildings. With gentle movements, they sweep across the Rosaire garden, the courthouse and the cathedral, gradually taking on colors.
As you arrive to the square lighted at 360° from a mysterious monolith, you will enter into a flood of light and discover the architecture of the cathedral and the buildings around the square in a new way. Variations in colors, intensity and patterns trace pathways across the city to the accompaniment of interweaving musical compositions.
What if the docks of the Saône became an art exhibition? Like a succession of probabilities, huge coloured drawings inspired notably by the works of Joan Miro, Picasso or Mondrian, pass across the majestic scene comprising the Fourvière basilica, the chevet of the Cathédrale Saint-Jean and the façade of the Palais de Justice. Different illuminations for each of these buildings sets the tone for each sequence. Strollers can admire this moving fresco as they stroll from the quai des Célestins to Pont Bonaparte bridge.
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Dubaï festival of lights 2014
When those with a passion for illuminating religious edifices (Strasbourg, Orleans…) focus on the freshly cleaned cathedral of Saint-Jean, it provides an elegant work of light and music, making use of theatre lighting techniques, the best for describing cycles of natural light. An intimacy is created between the cathedral and each spectator, the building revealing itself as it was centuries ago, now plunged into today’s world like a moving, living testimony.