For the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France (or Fete des Lumieres Lyon), which begins on December 6 and runs through December 9, the Tunnel of La Croix Rousse will be transformed into a surreal wonderland. With light projections, the 1.8 km (or 1.1 mile) tunnel turns into an outdoor gallery. Says Georges Képénékian, Deputy for Culture of the City of Lyon, "It will be the first time in Europe that one combines the functionality of a tunnel with an innovative creation. People should even forget they are in a gallery."

Masters of illusion and trompe-l'oeil, Skertzò will present Anamorphosis, a sequence of video images that will be projected onto the walls and the roof of the tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists to discover. Some of the scenes visitors can expect to find include a plant world, river courses, and the surrounding area of Croix-Rousse soaring 10 meters above them.

Interestingly, the worlds will change scale, making visitors feel as though they're either tiny or huge.

Fete des Lumieres Lyon website

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  • This is very innovative. I wish they would bring this to other cities. Great to know that art can be a mobile and transformative even in tunnels and other mundane places.

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