Caizergues, born in Lyon, has been working in the world of entertainment, architecture and events for 20 years. He has been a loyal artist to the Festival of Lights since 2007 and is today one of its ambassadors, taking his work across the globe from Singapore to Toronto. Yves’ spectacular installations are always a great success, and the public still remembers his famous mirror ball at the Fourvière basilica in 2014. Yves is also an advisor and consultant, and contributes to a wide range of projects, such as Anooki’s for the festival. For the triptych he’s presenting in 2018 at the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, the lighting designer has joined forces with the Lyons composer Merovee and TETRO, who were behind the phenomenal GRID in 2013. The work consists of an immersive light trail that brings out the best of the recently-renovated monument.
Taking its cue from Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Réflexions consists of three reflective monolithic stones standing tall in the heart of the Cour du Midi. With their sheer, sparkling bulk, the monoliths appear unshakeable, much like the Grand Hôtel-Dieu that is their home. Réflexions is an original installation by Merovee: a fusion of sound pigments and textures, a veiled mélange of archive city sounds, from seagulls laughing over the Rhone to the clackety clack – "bistanclaque" in Lyon-speak – of the town's traditional silk workshops. Réflexions traces the 800-year history of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu with the most delicate of touches, reflecting the moods that punctuate the visual score. The building's glass canopy is set aglow thanks to a clever arrangement of lights and mirrors in silver and gold that magnifies the beams emitted by the monoliths. The stone architecture is revealed in all its glory in an atmosphere of futuristic sobriety.