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The area around Les Baux-de-Provence has many quarries. One of them is turned into a huge exhibition hall that shows amazing multimedia shows. The theme of Les Carrières de Lumières changes every year. This year the colourful show combines Picasso and Flower Power. A definite must-go if you ask me!
A dear friend of mine spent her holidays in the Vaucluse and invited me to go and see this light show in a former quarry. As I don’t know this area very well, I was very curious to go, also because she showed me pictures of last year’s show. First, we had a lovely lunch at Les Baux-de-Provence (which is a real treasure as well).
Pierre du Midi
About 20 million years ago, the typical limestone of Les Baux-de-Provence was formed in “Les Alpilles”: a range of small mountains surrounding this “most beautiful village of France”. Known as “pierre du Midi”, many quarries were created to fulfil the demand of stone. Like the quarry of the Grands Fonds, changed into a cultural space in 2012. This was the birth of Les Carrières de Lumières.
The former quarry is the perfect place to show art in a different way. First of all, there is the quarry itself. With its immense space and 14-metre high walls it kind of looks like a stone cathedral. Second: when adding light and music, you get a true spectacle. And finally, since the beginning of 2012 the theme changes yearly. The masterpieces of great artists are projected on the floor and walls, from Van Gogh to Chagall and from Bosch to Picasso this year.
My friend suggested to buy my ticket in advance, and luckily I did. This way I could skip the waiting line and immediately enter this utterly fantastic exhibition. There are two shows; I came in the middle of the Picasso one. After Picasso there was a little break, but soon enough the even brighter Flower Power show started. Les Carrières de Lumières works with top-notch and high-performance technology to create these extraordinary audio-visual shows. No less than 70 video projectors are used to immerse yourself in a completely different world. Standing in the moving decor, giant images floated under, next and above me, accompanied by great music. I absolutely loved it!