Joining the magnificent participants of the Fêtes des Lumières – The Festival of Lights – an annual end of year tradition in the French city of Lyon, was a stunning collaborative centrepiece by French artist Severine Fontaine and lighting brand Philips, titled – Incandescence. The installation transformed the banks of the River Rhône with an 80 metre long art installation.

The installation was designed to celebrate and draw focus to the importance of light in human development. The creation was almost the size of a football pitch and took six years to create. It features nine illuminated domes in the shape of incandescent light bulbs, each the size of a family car. The dramatic light show lasts 6 minutes and explores man’s symbiotic relationship with light. It uses the iconic incandescent light bulb to represent the relationship that humans have had historically with artificial light and demonstrates its impact on human development – something which is often taken for granted.

“I chose to work with Philips, which is a prestigious partner, providing high quality and high-tech products that enable spectacular light effects,” said artist Severine Fontaine. “The Philips technology allowed me to explore and create emotion, working light with great delicacy as if it was a musical score. Philips provided more than just products, the team also brought passion that allowed me to realise my concept and light scenario in optimal condition for the artistic quality of the art work.”

Lyon light installation

Lyon light installation

Lyon light installation

Enjoy a look at the installation in action in the video below: