Though the east-central city may be known for its expensive tastes, it is and can forever be enjoyed by those from all walks of life. And no other event brings people flocking moreso than the Fête des Lumières. Here, three resident artists share their visions of their home town as it was meant to be seen – in the spotlight.
As part of a creative initiative spanning a number of European cities, Enterprise has collaborated with some immensely talented local artists whose work aims to express the beauty, vibrancy and diversity of their home’s to all who are interested.
Some, like the Lyon pieces commissioned for this article, have a distinct focus on significant events in the calendars of their communities, while others, such as those in Berlin and Barcelona, take inspiration from notable landmarks and influential figures within their areas.
All come with a healthy dose of originality and, we think you’ll agree, offer a whole new perspective on cities we may have previously considered as all too familiar.
Mireille moved away from sharing her beloved hobby ‘painting’ with her job as a pharmacist, to a full dedication to her art in 2005. She loves doing realistic drawings of the common places and the day to day, where she imposes a perfect combination of a drowsiness and hope.
See this work at Café des fédérations
”I am an artist and architect living in Lyon, most of my artwork focuses on the city life and urban spaces, including urban landscape pieces at large-scale. In addition, I enjoy applying and developing my skills through the exploration of other genres and techniques – still lifes, landscapes and interiors, as well as portraits and live model drawings. I work predominantly in oil, but create also works in pastel, acrylic, watercolor, ink, graphite and charcoal.”
See this work at Le Second Souffle
The real thing:
About The Festival of Lights
Every year, around the 8th of December, it is not unusual for a crowd in excess of four million to descend on the streets of Lyon, all of whom flock to the town to celebrate the sensation that is Fête des Lumières.
The event, lasting four full days in its entirety, pays tribute to the Virgin Mary (in praise of her sparing the town of plague in the 17th Century) who watches the proceedings from her VIP seat a short distance away on Fourvière Hill.
As well as the stunning glow created by each member of the town setting candles in their windows and lining the parade route with lanterns, a range of activities – which encompass a little something for everyone – are planned, much to the delight of locals and tourists alike.
The culmination of the festivities sees a spectacular light show take place at the Place des Terreaux in Lyon’s centre – itself a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the buildings that sit around the square become blank canvases on which the illuminations and the artist’s in charge of the celebrations can truly show off.