tree rings by ACT lighting design illuminate the champs elysée in paris tree rings by ACT lighting design illuminate the champs elysée in paris
dec 15, 2012

tree rings by ACT lighting design illuminate the champs elysée in paris

‘tree rings’ by ACT lighting design, paris, franceimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reservedall images courtesy of ACT lighting design

 

 

a four year tradition for the famous parisian avenue champs-elysée continues this year by illuminating the rows of trees leading to the arc de triomphe with a display of ‘tree rings’ designed by brussels-based ACT lighting design. led by koert vermeulen & marcos vinals bassols, the team installed three hoops upon each of the 200 trees along the avenue. illuminated with a strip of LED lights, the display represents the gathering of unity between people and nature. bright colors radiate through diverse sequences at different hours of the night and on specific winter holidays including christmas and new years. seven meters above the ground, a curtain of twinkling lights produces another layer of background lighting.

 

solar energy from a photovoltaic farm supplies the LEDs, reducing overall consumption by 90% since the initiative began in 2006.

 

 


brilliant lighting sequences dance along the champs-elysée
video © ACT lighting design

 

 

view towards the arc de triompheimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

view towards the arc de triompheimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

double rows of trees illuminated with LED hoopsimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

rows of illuminated treesimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

rings hover around the tree trunks and canopiesimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

staggered hoopsimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

aerial view of tree ringsimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

upward view of tree ringsimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

LED detailimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

LED detailimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

people celebrating along the lighting installationimage © 2012-2013 ACT lighting design – koert vermeulen & marcos vinais bassois – photo by vincent dumesnil – all rights reserved

 

 

project info:

 

 

client: ville de paris & committee of the champs-elyséespartners: blue square & bis lightingyear: 2012-2013country: france, paris – avenue des champs-élysées

  • I live just a few blocks away from the Champs-elysees, and this is my first Christmas in Paris. The lights are awful. The street looks like a Star Trek convention.

    snbrking says:
  • Been in Paris two weeks ago, and I was really impressed by the lighting. The beautiful colored lights travel along the Champs Elysées. A must seen !

    Simon says:
  • It’s both modern and magical! I love it!

    Jennifer says:
  • I have been to Champs Elysees last year for the Illumination opening. Being there was amazing. especially once you stand in the middle of the street and wait for the installation run around you can not be defined by words neither can be expressed by pictures. Installation took its place this year again with new additions on it. Great design ACT 😉 I will not be lucky enough to experience it this time but if you are around this is a must be seen spot for Christmas in Paris.

    Zeynep says:
  • Haven’t been there yet. Lighting, sparkels and pictures make me wonder. Good job.

    Natalie says:

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