Julien Menzel

Julien Menzel is a Franco-German artist based in Lyon who trained as an architect. He capitalises on his work with pixels and kinetics to produce interactive mapping and optical art installations. As a member of the Lyon collective NUMBER8, he produced Gustave, the Stegosaurus, the star of "Jurassic Spark” in the 2016 Festival of Lights.


By the same artist

Phénix (2021)

A majestic phoenix, the incarnation of the mythical animal symbolising hope and rebirth, has landed in Lyon. Neon lights vibrate with a multitude of bright and changing colours, evoking the beautiful plumage of tropical birds such as the blue-throated macaw or the yellow-fronted parrot.

The Phoenix is reborn from the ashes as a flock of birds in the heart of the city. The birdsong, recorded in French Guiana, adds to your impression of being in the midst of a tropical forest.

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Artistic intent

The changing colours of the Phénix are inspired by the plumage of different birds threatened by extinction, thereby encouraging the public to think about conservation of the species.

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Sound track: Damien Reynaud
Technical assistance: GRIM EDIF

Platonic (2017)

In Platonic, Julien Menzel has created a contemplative sound and light installation, choosing a mathematic, geometrical, pure and contemporary approach to light for his homage to Plato. Dynamic lighting invigorates the tetrahedron to the rhythm of a soundtrack created by Damien Reynaud.


Funded by GRIM EDIF, Lycée Fernand Forest / St Priest and the Eglise Saint Nizier