Night Blooms

Tonight was the Nuit Blanche, that moment once a year when le tout Paris, and I mean all of Paris, walks around the city to visit the numerous temporary art installations in public and private buildings and spaces. Sylvie Fleury’s luminous cristals in each alcove of Notre Dame could have been beautiful, but it is next to impossible to fill such a massive historic space with crystal light or anything else besides its own innately Gothic ambiance.

More successful, and a delightful suprise in the courtyard of the Hôtel d’Alibet in the Marais was Vincent Olinet‘s life-sized tree made out of carpeting and covered with fresh white flowers:

flower tree

People just stood or sat down in front of it, transfixed, taking in the scene as it shone in the dark. Entitled “Je vous aime tous” (I love you all) it was like a big bouquet, pre-destined to wither as the night wore on as none of the flowers was connected to a water source. Yet, since Olinet chose some very strong blossoms (calla lilies, chrysanthemums, baby’s breath) they would probably not wilt overnight like the lilies, which already hung limp in the early evening.

Flower Tree 2

Again, mum’s the word…



~ by lisacwhite on October 3, 2009.

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