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Interactive Light Display Turns Floor Of Moroccan Church Into "Magic Carpets"

The majesty of "Arabian Nights" comes to life in this massive, reactive 2D projection.
April 11, 2014, 4:45pm

I can show you the woooooorld. Maybe not all at the same time, but here's a start:

Sacré Coeur in Casablanca, Morocco is the type of place that spawns legends. Designed by French architect Paul Tournon in 1930, the cathedral's underuse (religious functions ceased in 1956) combined with its vaulting Neo-Gothic breadth, has made it the perfect venue for cultural engagement. Cue the lights:

From April 3 - 6, French transmedia installation designer Miguel Chevalier bedecked the halls with Magic Carpets 2014, a projected animation that turned the institution's massive floor into a multicolored, reactive art experience.


Bummed you couldnt visit Casablanca in time? You're not the only one. Luckily, the installation was documented in full detail by Claude Mossessian:

Miguel CHEVALIER Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca (Version courte) from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.

From the artist's statement:

Magic Carpets revisit the tradition of the Islamic art, in particular the mosaic and the carpets. 

A huge light carpet covers the floor of Sacré Coeur church. When the viewer moves, the trajectory of the curves is disrupted under their feet. 

This world of colors and forms in movement, invites us into the magic universe of the "Arabian Nights" and the flying carpets with the music of Michel Redolfi.

This installation has been made possible thanks to the French Institut et de Voxels Productions.

Below, Magic Carpets in all its iridescent glory:

Images courtesy of Miguel Chevalier. h/t designboom


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