Digital visual artist Miguel Chevalier has performed a virtual reality installation that interacts with the striking gothic architecture of the Saint-Eostache church on the ceiling of the church dating from the 16th century in Paris. The chancel vaults of the working church are envisaged as “voites célestes” (celestial vaults) of the center-nave and cross-shaped transepts, and a dynamic choreography is performed using the glory of the carving vaults along with the pillars. This work is accompanied by musical improvisations of repertoires performed by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard-the organ of the Saint-Eostache Church and Les Chanteurs De Saint-Eustache.
As the installation creates real-time virtual sky graphics, it creates light networks in 35 different colors spreading in the form of twisted spider webs. Chevalier designed these monumental meshes in such a way that they would both lose shape and get shape according to the movements of the visitors in the center-nave.
The viewers are invited to wander, relax and gaze towards the digital constellations of the above pixels. The ever-changing universes emphasize the monumentality, height and lightness of the church, and the visitors are dragged into an atmosphere painted in the lights. Thus, a spiritual and rational feeling is created that creates a virtual atmosphere of light, color and movement in the sacred area.