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spectacular light effects

underground light show

former quarry in Les Baux-de-Provence

"Dance at Le moulin de la Galette", Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1876)

Multimedia show illuminates stone quarries

In the midst of the mountain, colossal oversized images and the sound of classical music coalesce into a giant artwork. In the coolness of a former quarry in Les Baux-de-Provence, “Carrières de Lumières” offers a multimedia show using the latest technology, with fiber-optic cable ensuring HD-quality image transmission. 100 video projectors display art pieces of both old and new masters of art onto the 14-metre high walls, the ceiling and the ground, the whole show stylishly accentuated with music. 

Les Baux-de-Provence is a small community of some 5000 inhabitants located on a high plateau only 20 kilometres north of Arles. The historic town centre, situated below a castle ruin, is a highlight for tourists but few people still live there. Bauxite was extracted in the local mine until 1935, when the white limestone was no longer able to compete with new building materials and economic conditions forced its closure. As of the year 1959, art began to breathe new life into Les Carrières: Jean Cocteaus directed his film 'Les Testament d’Orphée' in the quarry and in 1977, for the first time, the rocky faces provided the backdrop for a sound and light show.

At the moment, a multimedia exhibition featuring works of Marc Chagall is displayed several times a day. The show sends visitors off on a journey through the different creative periods of the Russian artist who acquired French citizenship in 1937. The show titled 'Chagall, Midsummer Night’s Dream' narrates the story of his life in a dozen sequences, including collages, war paintings, stained glass art, and his sequels 'The Circus' and 'The Bible'.

During summer, on nine special occasions, a larger three-part evening show is displayed. The first part consists of a collection of the greatest modern art pieces, with works of Monet, Renoir and Chagall. The second part is a dazzling play of gold and iridescent colours, featuring artworks of Klimt, Schiele and Hundertwasser. The show concludes with the Italian masters of the Rennaissance, with cathedral-like arrangements combining works of Léonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael.

In these spectacular shows deep down underground, in the quarries of Les Baux-de-Provence, visitors feel like being lifted to heavenly heights and immersed in a celestial interplay of colours, forms and music.

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