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Event: Nuit Blanche (Paris)

In October 2007, I had the extreme good fortune of having work that brought me to Paris that coincided with the evening of Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche (literally White Night or All-Nighter) is an annual all-night arts festival first launched in Paris in 2002; the concept now encompasses events and installations in over 120 cities across the world.

Somehow, Paris still manages to do it the best.

Maybe it’s the fact that the art installations take place against the historic backdrop of the city. There’s something to be said about taking part in an exhibit on a footbridge crossing the Seine, or experiencing performance art in the shadow of the Louvre. Je ne sais quois.

The pinnacle of that 2007 evening for me was the giant installation of fire and sculpture at the Jardin des Tuileries. Company Carabosse transformed the sprawling formal garden into a playground of flame, with charcoal heaters and heated benches distributed throughout the park so visitors could enjoy the spectacle despite the night-time chill.

I do regret not having had a better camera with me at the time than the craptastic one in my Motorola cell phone. But at least I managed to capture a few shots of the magnificent display.

Me likes fire.

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Posted in Things by madsci on March 17th, 2010 at 9:45 am.

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