September 03, 2014

The Cathedral of Images: Carrières de Lumières



Like entering in a dream, this spectacle makes visitors immerse themselves into a unique experience of art, sound and light. The old quarries of the magical Val d'Enfer (Valley of Hell) in the south of France, have been hosting audiovisual shows for over 30 years. 

The huge walls of white limestone and the darkness of the wide chambers carved in the rock, are the perfect venue for a display that makes the viewer feel like walking inside the images around him. A massive installation of projectors and speakers creates a phenomenal scenography for exhibitions and performances with impressive results.

In Carrières de Lumières (quarries of light or enlightenment) you can enjoy classical paintings from an unusual perspective.

By Ra Moon, and pictures from Atlas of Wonders


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Since 1977 the once disused quarry of ‘Carrières du Val d’Enfer’ had provided large scale audio visual displays and shows, due to the research and creation of Joseph Svoboda. In 2011, Culturespaces were commissioned to take over the Carrières and renamed the site “Carrières de Lumières”.

Themed on the History of Art, a series of audio visual shows, live shows, concerts and lectures are now being displayed in the Carrières using a combination of high-performance technology; Including over 60 Optoma projectors.

Multiple surfaces are used in the show to give a sense of depth, whilst spectators are immersed in the projected images. The walls, ceiling and even the ground are completely covered, becoming a vast carpet of images.

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