For the past 20 years, Hexagone Illumination has been showcasing its expertise in lighting up cities. Specialising in Christmas decorations, the studio headed by José Moréno designs installations for towns and cities throughout France and even as far as Marrakesh. In 2012, this family-run company, which includes lighting engineers, metal workers and designers, made its first appearance at the Festival of Lights with an installation in the Rue de la République. Each year, the company designs and produces original compositions to create new festive atmospheres, whether temporary or permanent. This dedicated team from the Gard enhances city spaces, focusing its designs on a single objective, namely to create lights that fire your imagination.
Nearly 30 sets of street lights are strung across the entire length of Rue Edouard Herriot at regular intervals. From Place Bellecour to Place des Terreaux, this contemplative installation by Hexagone Illumination provides a beautiful literal and metaphorical perspective. The 30 brightly-lit arches are themed on the jewellery stores that line the high street. At the same time, they are like the banners you might find on a protest march, calling for the people to join as one. Each arch features ten intertwined rings set with pink and white diamonds, shining bright for all to see. The glittering pattern with its clever repetition sounds like a bewitching spell, conveying a cryptic message: make haste and marry me – Épouse-moi!
Rue Edouard Herriot is bedecked with ribbons forming loops of white light. The ribbons alternately converge, become entwined and diverge again symbolising the perpetual cycle of breaking up and reuniting which characterises human relationships. The view of the street - from Place Bellecour or Place des Terreaux - is simply enchanting, whichever way you look at it.
►On view from December 7 to 29
A gallery of shimmering arches in sparkling colors, composed of gold, white and red, and evoking oriental splendor, will show you the way from Cordeliers to Bellecour. On the basin at Place de la République, a flowered carpet evokes oriental gardens.
Drawing on the tradition of our southern European neighbours, magnificent illuminated arches and domes in the Gothic and Romanesque tradition will provide a majestic decor for the rue de la République. From the place Bellecour to the place de la Comédie, the thoroughfare will sparkle with thousands of lights and colours, transporting spectators to the ambience of the patron saints’ festivals of Spain and Italy.