Sébastien Lefèvre

Sébastien Lefèvre first entered the world of light via dance, designing around a dozen light displays with choreographer Maryse Delente until 2003. He continued in the same vein, working as a set designer for both dance and drama, trying his hand at creating artwork for the Festival of Lights in 2004. Since then, he has been a regular contributor. The works of this highly prolific artist have been on show from Moscow to Dubai.


By the same artist

La Vague (2021)

Place Bellecour, Lyon 2

When night falls, come and wonder at the spectacle of hundreds of scales rising up on Place Bellecour, undulating under the murmur of a light breeze.

They rise from the ground, floating in a multi-hued wave of light. Let yourself be captivated by this poetic interlude lulled by the melodious sound of a flute.


Artistic intent

To create the 80-metre long, 20-metre high wave more than 350 kakemonos made of spinnaker cloth were used.  This installation is the third opus in a creative process initiated by Sébastien Lefèvre illuminating sails floating in the wind following on from Oriflammes on Pont Lafayette in 2012 and Sous le vent on Pont Schuman in 2014. 


Music: Jocelyn Miennie


Like an immense, glittering canopy, PAVILLON is a conical-shaped structure adorned with a mesh of light-emitting cords, hovering – so it seems – in zero gravity over Place Antonin Poncet. The installation comes to life at regular intervals, revealing an inviting synchronised light and music system. With its point-to-point wiring, the mesh flickers above the heads of the audience to the rhythm of the lyric composition by the electronic music duo Yes Sœur. The frame (under which spectators are free to wander) is illuminated, generating circular or elliptical movements. Caught in the meshes of this virtual net, the strobe lights give the illusion of ensnaring us in a symphony of hypnotic cords.

EOLIGHT (2019)

Three Eolights look down upon the main street of The Village shopping centre. Wind turbines have been subverted into dynamic light features - a new form of street furniture with a fun and festive feel. An RGB LED system mixes the three primary colours, lighting up the blades in an infinite palette of hues. Depending on the intensity of the colours, the visitor can admire kaleidoscopic windmills or giant flowers, escapees from a childish dream. The light reflects off the surrounding buildings rippling, swirling and strobing hypnotically. They may not generate any actual power, but they are heralding the arrival of the devices that will be omnipresent in tomorrow’s urban landscape.

Caprice (2016)

What if the four masts of the Tony Bertrand water sports center, a notable architectural feature on the left bank of the Rhône, became gigantic lighted turbines for the Festival? The impetuous river, filled with history, is the power that drives them. The river's energy is symbolized by the movement of these monumental lighted spirals that recall Lyon's expertise in lighting.

Viewpoint from Place Antonin Poncet and the right bank of the Rhône.

Lighting of Pont Schuman Bridge (2014)

One month after the lighting installation inauguration, discover the Schuman Bridge lighting event that highlights the architecture of this new passageway across the Saône between the 4th and 9th arrondissements.

Oriflammes (2012)

Pont Lafayette, Lyon 3

Decorated with thousands of pennants, the bridge is decked in its festive glory and draws admiring gazes form the riverside paths. The flags fluttering in the wind are reflected in the surface of the water. Catching the light, they ripple in a continuous dance of changing colours and form an impressive luminous path which visitors can follow to cross from one bank to the other.

Played again at:
Dubaï festival of lights 2014

Eolight (2010)

Banks of the Rhône, Lyon 3, Lyon 6

Street lighting which is self-sufficient in energy has sprung up along a section of the banks of the Rhône: admire these magnetic wind-powered lights, a harmonious arrangement of luminous coloured windmills. With its red, yellow, purple, green, blue, etc. lights, this techno-garden bearing the hallmark of sustainable development illuminates the night-time landscape. You can still find the Eolight next to the head office of the CNR, close to the exit of the Tube Mode Doux, beside the Saône river.

Played again at:
Sainte-Lucie Göteborg 2011
Hiver moscovite 2013-2014, Moscou
Dubaï festival of lights 2014