Crane on Esplanade After the Crews Go Home

La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel | 2009 by Michel de Broin

La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel | 2009 by Michel de Broin

Nuit Blanche, City of Paris

Mirror ball, 1000 mirrors, 7.5 meters in diameter.

The spectacular view of the starry sky has long been a source of delight and curiosity, but the abundance of artificial light in urban areas produces a glow that covers the stars in the firmament. The largest mirror ball ever made was suspended from a construction crane 50 meters above the ground to render the starry sky to the citizens of Paris for one night in the Jardin du Luxembourg during the Nuit Blanche event.

Artist Bio

Born in 1970 in Montreal, Michel de Broin lives and works in Canada and Europe.

Through a collection of objects and actions, his works seek to escape the constraining nature of modern utopian aspirations whilst attempting to reenact them in playful, jesting objects that glorify the referent on the one hand while upstaging it on the other. Drawing on his doubt in the capacity and value of ideas, his sculptural projects seek to put them to the test by literally confronting them with the necessities of reality in assemblage that often troubles the ideas it purports to speak for.

Artist’s Site

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