Nicolas Paolozzi takes a crosscutting approach to architecture combining scenography, performance art and signage. A self-taught lighting designer, the “artist-architect” as he likes to call himself, has been creating installations which enhance and reshape the landscape since 2011. He is driven by a desire for experimentation which he applies at all levels, from concept to production, from the light feature to the urban space. He founded the company MODULE in 2019 to provide a forum for his exploration of space as a set of interactions. He is pursuing his quest to design large-scale dynamic installations based on hybrid architecture.
TOWER is a three-part artistic signage project designed to welcome the public and help them find their way around the city. From a distance, five glowing horizontal bars – encircling the tower at regular intervals – seem to float in the air as though in zero gravity. When the visitors get closer, they get a better view of the signs adorning the luminous totem. The aerial and futuristic aesthetic of these tall rectangular structures is inspired by the Deconstructivist architectural style. These "floating Deconstructivist designs" can be found in Bellecour, Cordeliers and Place Louis Pradel, symbolising today’s urban architecture and serving as illuminated landmarks during the Festival of Lights.
Drawing inspiration from the principle of bioluminescence (generating light in complete darkness as some sea creatures are able to do), arcs of light form the dorsal fin of a huge mythical creature on Place Louis Pradel, which looks to have escaped from a Jules Verne novel. Continuing his inclination for interactive projects, Nicolas Paolozzi invites audiences to join together under his work of art. This fun and reflective installation responds to requests, moving over and over again according to random sequences triggered by spectators.
Welcome to the Festival! Nicolas Paolozzi's tall, sleek totems of light are beacons to help you find your way around the city. Once again this year, the five Indian-style totems will help you get your bearings as well as being perfect places for meeting up with friends before setting off to enjoy the Festival.