Light & Art in Lyon

Lyon, a founder of the LUCI network, has a rich history with light. The first Lighting Masterplan dates from 1989 and was updated in 2005 with a new approach that affirmed the place of artistic creation in the way the city uses light.

Lyon boasts many permanent light art installations throughout the city, often using urban development projects as opportunities to develop and experiment with new and original creative projects.

In addition to the permanent light art in the city, Lyon is also host to the famous Fête des Lumières, an annual light festival that brings together more than 1,8 million visitors (2018) and aims to reveal a different vision of art and light through temporary projects.

Every year, during the Fête des Lumières, LUCI Association, in collaboration with the City of Lyon, organises the Lyon Light Festival Forum, a unique event for light festivals professionals.

Lyon’s role in LAiPS

The experience of the City of Lyon and its technical partners in the field of artistic lighting will be shared with project partners and other cities involved. Lyon will share its expertise in terms of creating public/private partnerships for artistic development, design and artistic process, management of the onsite artwork, maintenance and follow up of energy consumption.

The City will be learning about different and innovative approaches and models from the project partners. The new knowledge gained may enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of the activities in this field, including the cultural growth of artists, professionals and city officers as well as all the Lyon ecosystem of artistic and illumination related stakeholders (light artists, lighting designers and lighting companies).

A glimpse of Lyon’s light art

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GENERAL PRESENTATION The third biggest city in France, Lyon boasts an exceptional geographic situation. Its three hills and its two rivers, the Saône and Rhone Rivers give visitors remarkable view points on the city or from the rivers which have been adapted and made accessible to pedestrians. The old district – including the Saint Jean …