Jérôme Donna is a qualified interior designer who has chosen to explore every facet of urban lighting. After a stint as project manager for Les Éclairagistes Associés (LEA), he moved to the Lyon Public Lighting Department working as both lighting engineer and lighting artist. Every year since 2004, he has been on the lookout for new venues to illuminate for the Festival of Lights, imagining and designing a number of installations with his fellow lighting enthusiasts.
As you wander along the shore of the lake in the Parc de la Tête d'Or, the usually calm waters are suddenly disturbed by light waves, majestic lines of ricochets that form on its surface. These powerful waves ripple across the water, almost reaching you as they rush to the shore.
Could they be particles fallen from the sky, like drops that make the lake glow, or rather underwater creatures that are also part of this strange phenomenon?
The luminous vibrations unfold with magnitude, rising to the top of the tall trees on the opposite shore, letting the rich and imposing nature of the park emerge from the darkness.
This is the first time the northern part of the Parc de la Tête d’Or lake has been featured: the aim was to juxtapose the horizontal surface of the water with the vertical backdrop of the tall trees on the other side of the lake.
Floating through the air, particles of light disturb the peace of the Place des Célestins. Their movement seems to perform a strange, hypnotic ballet. As an allegory of the digital data sent every day through our communication networks, these fragments of virtual light come together to form a cloud in the middle of the square. This metallic nebula – a custodian of our memories – gets brighter and brighter until it reaches saturation point and explodes, irradiating the surrounding architecture. The shimmering particles spread out, creating amazing pictures on the theatre, trees and facades of the square, revealing their beauty.
In the darkness of the theater, light from a flame suddenly appears, disturbing the tranquility of the sensitive and mysterious creature who dwells there. This chance encounter will draw you into a poetic world, where dreams and legends mix. Subtle silhouettes appear, dancing along and then disappearing in a ballet of light and shadow, while the flame warms the site as it licks the semicircular stones.
Métropole de Lyon project.
Dive into the depths of a cosmic experience and confront light particles that scintillate by the thousands in the dark. Observe this hypnotic ballet of clouds, clusters of lighted dots and stars that, just like a galaxy, shape themselves into constellation and then disintegrate.