On View> New Orleans' neoclassical Gallier Hall washed in dynamic light for LUNA Fête

21st century technology animates an 18th century facade. (Courtesy Arts Council New Orleans)

21st century technology animates a 19th century facade. (Courtesy Arts Council New Orleans)

On November 30, the Arts Council New Orleans launched LUNA Fête, a large-scale, outdoor light and sound installation that can be experienced free by the public at Lafayette Square. The centerpiece of the event is a projection mapping display by French art group La Maison Productions that transforms the Crescent City’s former city hall (Gallier Hall, 1853) into a neoclassical canvas. The nine-minute animated work plays on the columns and contours of the Greek Revival edifice with a richly layered spectacle inspired by the music and cultural history of New Orleans.

La Maison Productions used four large projectors to animate the facade with its symbolically loaded and musically inspired motion graphics. The installation features an original score by Cyril Salvagnac. “This installation is very different from the other projection mapping installations we have created in the past, where we used more classical music with the graphic images,” said La Maision Productions founder Sebastien Salvagnac, who worked on the project with creative imagery director Damien Fontaine. “The music of New Orleans inspired us to go in directions we had never tried before.”

Arts Council New Orleans commissioned the project and launched LUNA Fête to celebrate and promote the local art community. It is assessing the feasibility of making it a yearly event in the run-up to the city’s 2018 tricentennial. The projection will take place twice nightly at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. until December 6.

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