A Concentric Study for The Grand Palais

Harris’ ‘A Concentric Study’ is a geometric intervention of light and form that distorts and explores the historically rich Beaux-Art façade of the Grand Palais in Paris. The interplay between the projected patterns creates a playful yet dynamic tension to the underlying architecture and the historical gravitas of the surrounding area.

In an evolution of traditional optical illusions, the patterns meander between calming geometric studies and more dramatic visual movements, accompanied throughout by a musical score that is integral to the overall experience. Both the visual and sonic elements of Harris’ installation alter the viewer’s perception of the Grand Palais so that its architecture takes on a new narrative.

Renowned as a seminal historical building in Paris, the light projection temporally transforms the architecture and endows it with a presence that speaks of futurity.

The musical score to the artwork was created specifically for the installation by Harris’ collaborators Kristian and Dougal of North v South. Several major musical movements occur over the 20 minute cycle, with the instrumental score directly driving the computer code responsible for bringing the series of geometric studies to life. The graphical design of the projections was created at Harris’ London based Cinimod Studio.

The public art installation was a site specific commission for the Grand Palais by the Art Paris 2015 organisation.


Design: Dominic Harris and Cinimod Studio
Production: Cinimod Studio
Software: David Dessens / Cinimod Studio
Music: North v South / Cinimod Studio
With special thanks to: Julien Lectre, Art Paris 2015, Videlio – Projections