Saturday, November 2, 2013

Carrieres de Lumieres

Imagine yourself here...the old bauxite mine at Le Baux-de-Provence. Nothing is mined here anymore, but the huge stone tunnels remain. Today they are put to quite another use. You enter. The air is cool, the stones are smooth. You are reminded of the ancient pyramids and wonder...

Inside the lights are low, and there is an almost rosy glow to the walls. You can see where great slabs have been flaked away looking like giant bricks piled one on top of another. Just as your eyes are becoming  accustomed to the dimness, suddenly all is black. You stand quite still, waiting...

Music swells and the walls are covered with moving amoeba-like designs, bubbles and colors. Your voyage around the Mediterranean has begun.
And you are suddenly surrounded by some of the most beautiful paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Masterworks by Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Dufy, Derain, Chagall and many others flood the walls, floors and ceilings of the caverns. Each work evokes a memory or image of the Mediterranean, its colors and its light. The music moves with the progression of time...Clair de Lune to turn-of-the-century ragtime to Ella Fitzgerald and American Jazz. You turn and turn, trying to take it all in, but finally you surrender to the beauty, standing in place and letting the art wash over you in great waves of color and sound.

It's an experience that takes your breath away.


  1. How wonderful, thanks for sharing. I must try and go see for myself.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.