You like dreaming, feeling in another universe and painting… then les Carrières de Lumières in les Baux-de- Provence is a must-see.
A sound and light show taking place in a former stone quarry
In the awesome countryside of les Alpilles made of sweet countryside with olive trees and vineyards and amazing rock formations, at the foot of the village of les Baux-de-Provence, you will find an unreal sound and light show.
On the site of les Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) giant light images are cast onto the stone walls of huge galleries dug into the rock of the Val d’Enfer located on the road towards the quiet little town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
The surface of the stone walls extends over 4 000 m2. There, the rooms and pilasters of the pristine white limestone quarries are used for a three-dimensional show and visitors can dive into a visual and musical universe dealing with a precise theme. Every year, the show is renewed.
Among the recent shows we can mention the projection of the masterpieces of Paul Cezanne in 2006, of Vincent Van Gogh in 2008 or of Pablo Picasso in 2009. The paintings and their details are projected onto the walls creating a very special atmosphere and inviting visitors to jump into the colorful universe of each painter. In 2008, the program was about Venice and in 2010 « Australia » was chosen.
The current show is entitled « Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, the masters of the Renaissance ». The Madonnas of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, their court portraits, the sculptures of Michelangelo, Vatican’s frescoes, Raphael’s frescoes from Villa Farnesina and, last but not least, the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and the Last Judgement are featured.
For about 45 minutes, the show is accompanied with classical music and is cast onto the walls of the old limestone quarry with very slow movement. Thanks to their huge sizes, the projections enable visitors to discover tiny details of the most famous masterpieces. La Joconde, the Last Supper, the Lady and the Unicorn, or the vault of Sistine Chapel are to be rediscovered.
This new edition has already drawn more than 230.000 visitors and will surely have record crowds.
After French impressionism, the Vienna secession and the Italian Renaissance, after Marc Chagall, Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo the new progam is abour Picasso and the Spanish masters.