The 'Tour' finale at the Arc de Triomphe (video)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

After chasing the Tour for the better part of Sunday afternoon, Mr M and I headed home to feed the dog and watch the Arc de Triomphe be "lit yellow" - as we'd all been told would happen - from the comfort of the couch. I was not prepared for the light show performance that was actually presented - it. blew. my. mind...


Le Tour de France 100th edition Closing Ceremony (recap)
Concept and production: Auditoire (for A.S.O.)
Graphics: Les Vandales
Projection: Cofely Ineo GDF SUEZ
Sound: startrec

Since witnessing the 3D mapping light show on the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims in May I've been somewhat obsessed with the process of this specialised art form. It literally leaves me speechless. The way it brings an inanimate object to life so captivatingly and so unpredictably with such precision renders you spellbound. It's definitely the new "fireworks spectacular". I just wish I had an indication that this was what they were referring to when they promoted that the Arc de Triomphe was going to be lit up yellow, I would have stayed at on the Champs for sure!

I love that some of the day-before prep is included at the beginning of this video . I would love to see an entire "behind the scenes" film on this performance - being the events-nerd that I am, behind the scenes/ construction/ installation footage is just as interesting, if not more so, that the final product - to me anyway!

(Thanks to my Mumma for emailing me a link to this video: I was on the phone to her during the ceremony while I was desperately trying to find out who was responsible for the display. My Googling skills are usually above par but it took my Tour-fanatic Mum coming across this presentation for me to be able to share - even 17,000 kms away she's still helping out her eldest kid. Merci Maman!)

xx

8 comments :

  1. And there I was unenthused by the caravan in Versailles. They were saving all their magic for this! Thanks for sharing, dear :)

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    1. I missed all the caravans, it would have been exciting to see it all kick off! xx

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  2. We did stay to watch the light show. It was great but almost better on tv. The cameraman definitely had the best view! Such a great event to be present at though - especially if you're British ;)

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    1. Oh, you did?! I can imagine it would have been awkward to watch if you were up close, to see it all you would have been right in the middle of the Champs! It would have been an amazing atmosphere!

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  3. That is very impressive! I'm disappointed too that it was just billed as a firework show on various websites, so I thought I wouldn't fight the crowd for it. Had I known it was a light show, I sooooo would have been out there!

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    1. Right?! There was a teaser video, but I don't think it was circulated much, unfortunately!

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  4. Loved it too! Such a surprise! On tv they announced a "surprise projection for Froome", so I almost expected a projection of his head on the Arc... but still it was amazing!

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    1. Can you imagine, to see your head that big?! Haha! I just wish it was a bit longer and maybe some old footage was shown? xx

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