Light Workshop, et. al.

Today we headed off the one of the new must-see exhibits in Paris, the Atelier des Lumiéres, or Light Workshop. It’s an experience hard to describe, but describing is my job here, so I’ll give it a try. If you’ve ever seen a “camera obscura”, which is created by blocking all light into a room then opening a small hole to allow just a single source of light to be projected on the opposite wall of the room (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura), you have a beginning of what’s going on here. You are inside a room and images are project on all the walls and the floor, and appropriately chosen music to enhance the effect. And since the observers are inside the projection zone, sometimes you catch them bathed in the lights of the exhibit.

Atelier des Lumieres

The current exhibits are based on Van Gogh and on Japanese art.

Van Gogh, Atelier des Lumieres
Japanese, Atelier des Lumieres

After dinner, we visited the Abbey St. Germaine de Pres (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_of_Saint-Germain-des-Pr%C3%A9s). There has been a place of Christian worship here since 543. It’s not a large church, but inside it is exquisite.

Apse of the Abbey St. Germain des Pres

Tomorrow we are off to Versailles, to see how the other 1% lived.

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