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“SolarWind”, Laurent Grasso's technical and visually monumental prowess at Paris's gates

 

At the 13th district outskirts, the French artist Laurent Grasso imagined a monumental luminous installation, “SolarWind”, evoking magnetic substorms over more than 40 meters high. An extraordinary performance.

At the 13th district outskirts, district experiencing a complete revitalisation at the heart of Paris Rive Gauche, “SolarWind” announces itself as the greatest commission at the Grand Paris' scale. A year after his last personal exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin, Laurent Grasso imagines a monumental luminous installation evoking magnetic substorms of which the scientific scope brings to mind the environmental debates taking place right now.

Much like aurora borealis, SolarWind's flow of blending colours renders in real-time the display of solar activity and makes of this installation a genuine lyrical and technical prowess. Such thin and piercing beams illuminate the two silos, each more than 40 meters high and 20 meters diameter, that more than a million passersby and drivers are able to witness the extraordinary performance.

 

Silos Calcia 25, quai d'Ivry — 75013 Paris

 

 

By Clara Blanca.

Laurent Grasso, SolarWind, 2016 © ADAGP

Semapa Paris Rive Gauche / Ciments Calcia

Production Eva Albarran & Co, photo Romain Darnaud

“The power of solar flares confronts us with our lack of control. It is an issue both poetic and philosophical which generates an infinite imaginary.” Laurent Grasso
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