Paris-based digital artist Miguel Chevalier created an original light installation, Complex Meshes, at the Durham Cathedral for the city’s Lumiere, light festival. Taking inspiration from the word mesh, a three-dimensional object consisting of vertices, edges and faces that form polygons used in modeling or architecture, Chevalier highlights the architecture of the eleventh century cathedral, considered daring and way ahead of its time, a predecessor of the Gothic art.
Different coloured forms overlap and change slowly over time and the whole work interacts with the public through movement detecting sensors in the nave. Trompe-l’oeil effects disrupt the perception of the visitors by creating a feeling of moving arcs
Chevalier explains: “Complex Meshes” creates a magical atmosphere. Its pixel skin becomes one with the stone and gives off a radiant energy and visitors are invited to sit on the benches and raise their eyes to the ceiling. They are offered a kaleidoscopic experience which symbolises the infinity of Nature and Creation and which transforms the vault of the nave into a constellation universe. This poetic installation invites us to dream with the language of spiritual elevation as it reflects the invisible and shows us the very essence of things.”
pictures from artist’s website