Having studied marketing at Goldsmiths College in London, Laurent Louyer went on to found the Creatmosphere studio, exploring the close ties between light, art, architecture and space. His approach to art takes environmental concerns into account, using new technologies to capture the natural resources required for bringing his work to life. He shares this interest with the public during workshops organised to raise awareness of environmental issues. Having travelled with his artworks from Peru to Canada, the light designer settled in Lyon in 2017 and in 2018, is contributing to the Festival of Lights for the first time.
Place Gabriel Rambaud is covered with around 300 solar energy lamps linked to a weave of electroluminescent ribbons. Featuring shimmering effects, perforated designs, graffiti, films and mirrors, each lamp is unique, producing a different pattern that creates a restful atmosphere throughout the square. These hundreds of separate lights have been created by inter-generational workshops, involving the charity Les Petits Frères des Pauvres and the residents of care homes and day centres throughout the city. For the artist, this community-based approach is a way of meeting those excluded from society and bringing them back into the community by including them in a creative project.