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Shining a light on Brussels Heritage by La Cambre

La Cambre National School of Visual arts and visit-brussels are teaming up to showcase Brussels heritage through light installations created by the students.

In the Palais des Académies garden, discover 5 art works selected from projects by students in the 2nd and 3rd years of the Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design.

  • Dentelles de sorcières (Witches’ lace) - Déborah Wadey
    A light installation that presents four laces from four ‘feminine and protective’ plants. Projected on twelve fabric petals, marjoram, honeysuckle, wild garlic and lotus bathe visitors in a light, calm and plant-like atmosphere. Selected for their protective properties, these plants form a set embodying a ritual of positive intentions honouring the Beguines, Belgian religious women and independent lace-makers who contributed to the prosperity of the city of Brussels from the Middle Ages. This homage to Women and Nature is also embodied by this interplay of lace.
  • L’envol (The flight) - Gabin Vebourd
    The flight commemorates the role played by Belgian pigeon fanciers and their homing pigeons during the First World War. This light installation was initially designed for the monument to the soldier pigeon (Square des Blindés, Brussels, 1930).  It’s a series of turbines that are triggered in unison when a person walks in front of the installation. Using a movement sensor that sets off an electric signal, the rotating figures become a cloud of birds with beating wings in a sudden throb. The sound and light effect produced in the spontaneity of an instant recalls the moment of surprise when a flight of pigeons makes you jump.
  • OOYM – Nathan Cawet
    This installation has no other purpose that to be approached for what it is, to obscure representation and deepen the ambience. Understood as evolving in its three-dimensionality, extending the perspective to the atmosphere. A search for consistency of light whose echo paints the surrounding space.
  • Sous les Voûtes (Under the Arches) - Jean-Maki Simon
    Between 1867 and 1871, the Senne canals saw the façades of the buildings along the Brussels quays for the last time before there were covered. Since then, they have continued to babble silently and hidden from view, under our feet. This light installation, initially designed to be installed in the new spaces that replace the canals, plays with light effects that imitate the water’s reflections, reminding us of its presence, excavating these currents from an underground Brussels.
  • Lucie – Lucas Sabatier
    The arches form the entrance to a unique space on the Bright route.  These two gates project bright light at their centre that envelopes the spectator with a white glow. The latter become light, and in a moment’s scan, join the festival as actors in the show.

Palais des Académies