Robert Stadler installation in a Parisian church

Designer Robert Stadler is creating a lighting installation inside the church of Saint Paul in Paris during the Nuit Blanche all-night cultural festival in the city on 6 October.

Nuit Blanche is an annual festival that started in Paris in 2002, with museums, galleries and other venues open all night. The idea has since spread to other cities around the world. See Wikipedia for more information.

See the renderings Stadler sent us just before the installation opened and see if you can spot the difference…

Photos are by Marc Domage.

via dezeen

19 Responses to “Robert Stadler installation in a Parisian church”
  1. Peggy Archer says:

    What a shame – I’m going to miss this. I’ll be in Paris the week of Thanksgiving (November), and I’m betting it’ll be gone by then.

  2. Eric Hatch says:

    So, what is this supposed to represent? If it’s just supposed to make its viewers wonder what it is, I guess it is fine. If you come into a church sanctuary, you should be open to questions of meaning and purpose, open to questioning the idea that there is nothing sacred. Maybe people will see these “celestial sun-like” lights and wonder just like David wrote, “What is man that You (God) are mindful of him?” when he wrote his thoughts as he saw “the moon and stars, which you have set in place.”

    However, I hope that people don’t look at this and see a lack of any answers from those who follow Jesus Christ. At times, Satanists have used an inverted cros with the long part fo the cross made into a question mark, in a sense questioning the existence of God and demeaning any representation of the spiritual.

    So, I pray this, Lord Jesus: may you allow us to question You, with the ultimate goal of finding You, not simply walking around in a haze of pseudo-intellectual synicism.

  3. lukin says:

    It does not blend – it pretty much ruined the beautiful church.

  4. Maggie says:

    Perhaps these images point to the deep mystery that is faith in Christ Jesus. May your questions bring you to know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you. Peace of Christ be with you as you journey to know him more fully.

  5. David says:

    Personally, I would prefer an exclamation point! But, I admit that the question mark is more profound. To me, it shows that the sincere seeker of truth will find the answers to his questions at the altar, and the skeptic who questions the authority of God from a distance will always have those questions unanswered until he approaches the altar.

  6. Robert Leedy says:

    Very interesting! I wonder if church officials realized beforehand the idea of the lights forming a question mark if viewed from a certain angle? Surely to be provocative but certainly a creative project nonetheless…

  7. Philip says:

    I think it’s brilliant. Obviously, (from the first shot), as you walk directly down the center aisle you experience a question mark which then changes as your position and perspective change. It almost implies that the structure itself… a place of worship is asking what you have come for, then the question evolves as your point of view changes. I also enjoy the symbolism of utilizing glowing spheres, which can be interpreted in so many ways. I like the contrast between the lights and the architecture while the lights still activate the chasm of negative space above the center aisle and work within the design of the church. Great stuff. I have to admit that I was raised Catholic but don’t currently prescribe to any set belief system. I guess I’m almost as impressed that the patrons of the church allowed the piece to be installed!

  8. lukin says:

    Why censor comments? My comment made valid points and was not harsh or foul.

  9. mad1982 says:

    OMG what that huge church look awesome

  10. Putnik says:

    Big question but no answers…

  11. koenski says:

    all those religious people here bitching about God and it being the sole and only truth,leave me alone with your religion.its a fairytale in my view,and since you have no prove of god it stays a fairytale.You have all the freedom to believe in them but dont bitch at people who ask questions ! about it in words or art. get it?,got it?GOOD!

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