Nighttime Viewpoint

How to take (partial) control of public city lighting


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About the project Edit

The Marseille nighttime viewpoint is a device consisting of a control panel located in the Notre Dame de la Garde area, a transmitter, and remote control lights, which are placed on monuments and emblematic places in the city. The user by pressing the "Cathédrale de la Major" button can light up red dots at the location and the view in real time the entire size of the building. If the user presses the "autoroute A7 ″button, they activate approximately fifty blue dots that light up the tops of street lamps on the A7 freeway, making it possible to single out at night the urban freeway.

A colour-coded theme was proposed by visual artist, Antoine Fargue, designer of the project. The monuments and buildings are marked with red dots, and the focal areas with blue dotted lines. Some parks, areas or districts will have their contour delineated by green dots.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This device was designed by visual artist Antoine Fargue. The lighting of the viewpoint is probably LED scattered throughout the city, the lighting provides a unique interactive system in the urban area.

In addition to its function as a viewpoint, this system shows multiple views of the city, the transformation of the urban night, the search for new horizons and areas at night, the absolute power of man on the environment, etc.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This is a way to discover a city through nighttime magic and interactivity.

According to the website of visual artist Antoine Fargue, "The light sources are high-powered coloured tubes, display dots, and are not emitted by a projector. They are surrounded by deflectors, limiting their visibility to only those who use the Marseille nighttime viewpoint." Therefore, these lights will not be a nuisance to local residents."

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Financing the device is apparently done through a coin paying system that would, according to Anthony Fargue's site, cover part of the maintenance costs and prevent improper use. This way, a part of the system is self-financed by the user. These viewpoints are available in most cities, in places for tourism.

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