Images courtesy of Filipe Vilas-Boas
This past week, experience designer Filipe Vilas-Boas launched his latest public project, Shooting Thoughts, in the stunning French Gothic church of Saint-Eustache, Paris. Co-commissioned by Art, Culture et Foi and Nuit Blanche Paris, Shooting Thoughts is an interactive installation project that uses projection mapping to create a “constellation of stars.”
Shooting Thoughts by using text messaged thoughts as the create catalyst for laser beams that travel up the pathways defined by the building's architecture. The project description explains,“The pillars are used as launch stations that carry the star to its final destination on the ceiling of the church via the arches and vaults. Like all of us, each star finds its place at its own speed with its individual trajectory.”
Built sometime in the late 16th-early 17th century in the 1st arrondissement in Paris, the Saint-Eustache church has beautiful soaring ceilings and dark, towering arched pillars, making it the perfect backdrop for the illuminated lights of the installation. On his website, Vilas-Boas’ states that his vision for the project was to see how, "the spirits are instinctively caught, called to heaven. The verticality of the place puts us on track and predisposes us to think. Media for generations, the building now houses the new media to highlight its primary function: to communicate with heaven.” The resulting beams of light imbue quiet, personal moments with the magical instant gratification of shooting stars.