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The area around Les Baux-de-Provence has many quarries. Each year, one of them turns 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-see 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, especially after 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 in 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 for the stone. Like the quarry of the Grands Fonds, which changed into a cultural space in 2012. This was the birth of Les Carrières de Lumières.
The former quarry is the perfect place to display 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 of all: when you add light and music, you get a true spectacle. And finally, since its launch in 2012 the theme changes yearly. Masterpieces by great artists are projected on the floor and walls, from Van Gogh to Chagall and from Bosch to Picasso.
My friend suggested I buy my ticket in advance, and lucky I did. This way, I could skip the queue and go straight into this utterly fantastic exhibition. There are two shows; I arrived 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, high-performance technology to create these extraordinary audio-visual shows. The artists use no less than 70 video projectors to immerse yourself in a completely different world. I was standing in the moving decor, giant images floated under me, next to me and above me, all accompanied by great music. I absolutely loved it!