Pont du Gard

Artist James Turrell created a lighting concept that alternately reveals different volumetric aspects of the structure. In a cycle lasting forty-five minutes, the lighting shifts from revealing only the flat surface of the aqueduct, to the entire three dimensional volume, to only the undersides of the arches. The color of the lighting also changes during this cycle, eventually making the entire structure disappear by mimicking the blue of the night sky.

Location Nimes, France
Date Completed 2001
Artist James Turrell
Client Concession Pont du Gard and Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Nîmes
Type Artist Collaborations
size ft2 / m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Etienne Gillabert
Project Team Dominique Breemersch
Press IESNA, Jan 2010
New York Times, Mar 2004