Skip to main content

Surreal projections on the ceiling of this Paris church leave visitors seeing stars

Miguel CHEVALIER "Voûtes Célestes 2016" Nuit Blanche 2016 Saint Eustache Paris
On a normal day, visitors to the ancient Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris’ 1st arrondissement have the luxury of enjoying the chapel’s gorgeous and historic Gothic architecture. Now — for a limited time — the church’s vaulted ceilings have been transformed into an otherworldly spectacle designed and created by renowned French digital artist Miguel Chevalier. An art installation for Nuit Blanche 2016, Chevalier’s work is presented in the form of constellation-like digital projections displayed throughout the expansive church, giving onlookers the chance to become engulfed in 16th Century architecture while enjoying a bit of augmented reality.

In addition to the visual treat of the projections, the installation is also supplemented by the improvisational musical stylings of French organist Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard. As visitors peruse the innovative art installation, the designs and structures constantly change, providing a real-time landscape of fictional constellations. The continuously evolving finished product is comprised of 35 separate colored systems of lights that ebb and flow to create twisting and braiding webs.

Designed with the intent of highlighting the church’s towering ceilings and stature as one of the premier Gothic cathedrals, Chevalier wants visitors to feel completely immersed in both the real and digital surroundings. In tandem with Saint-Eustache’s already lit hallways and rooms, the constellations provide a futuristic glow that works perfectly against the interior’s structure.

To add even more to its already impressive level of pageantry, anyone present during the installation is encouraged not just to walk around and take in the display but to lie down on the church floor and gaze toward the ceiling. An odd scene to picture, no doubt, but it’s clear Chevalier and those who set up the exhibit want nothing more than for interested visitors to keep their heads pointed high in order to fully enjoy the show. It’s not entirely clear how long the installation will stay inside the church, though a companion video (posted above) shows that it’s been incredibly popular since arriving at the chapel around October 1.

Rick Stella
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Rick became enamored with technology the moment his parents got him an original NES for Christmas in 1991. And as they say…
4 simple pieces of tech that helped me run my first marathon
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar displaying pace information.

The fitness world is littered with opportunities to buy tech aimed at enhancing your physical performance. No matter your sport of choice or personal goals, there's a deep rabbit hole you can go down. It'll cost plenty of money, but the gains can be marginal -- and can honestly just be a distraction from what you should actually be focused on. Running is certainly susceptible to this.

A few months ago, I ran my first-ever marathon. It was an incredible accomplishment I had no idea I'd ever be able to reach, and it's now going to be the first of many I run in my lifetime. And despite my deep-rooted history in tech, and the endless opportunities for being baited into gearing myself up with every last product to help me get through the marathon, I went with a rather simple approach.

Read more
This bracelet helps you fall asleep faster and sleep longer
woman-in-bed-wearing-twilight-apollo-on-ankle

This content was produced in partnership with Apollo Neuroscience.
Have you been struggling to get the recommended seven hours of sleep? It's always frustrating when you get in bed at a reasonable time, then toss and turn for a hours before you actually sleep. The quality of that sleep is important too. If you're waking up multiple times during the night, you're likely not getting the quality REM cycle sleep that truly rejuvenates your body. If traditional remedies like herbal teas and noise machines just aren't helping, maybe it's time to try a modern solution. Enter the Apollo wearable.

Now we understand being a little skeptical. How can a bracelet on your wrist or ankle affect your sleep patterns? Certainly the answer to a better night's sleep can't be so simple. We considered these same things when we first heard of it. We'll dive deeper into the science behind the Apollo wearable, but suffice it to say that many people have experienced deeper, uninterrupted sleep while wearing one.
A non-conventional approach to better sleep

Read more
The 11 best Father’s Day deals that you can get for Sunday
Data from a workout showing on the screen of the Apple Watch Series 8.

Father's Day is fast approaching and there's still time to buy your beloved Dad a sweet new device to show him how much you love him. That's why we've rounded up the ten best Father's Day tech deals going on right now. There's something for most budgets here, including if you're able to spend a lot on your loved one. Read on while we take you through the highlights and remember to order fast so you don't miss out on the big day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 -- $200, was $230

While it's the Plus version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 that features in our look at the best tablets, the standard variety is still worth checking out. Saving your Dad the need to dig out their laptop or squint at a small phone screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 offers a large 10.5-inch LCD display and all the useful features you would expect. 128GB of storage means plenty of room for all your Dad's favorite apps as well as games too. A long-lasting battery and fast charging save him the need for a power source too often too.

Read more