Things that grabbed our attention (in no order of preference, all are equally delicious) included beautifully shaped pies and tarts, funky flavoured macarons (fois gras, anyone?) and plump, juicy ham!
The team split in pairs to pick up various items for lunch, and what a spread we had when we finally came together!
It was a well-deserved feast for the team that had worked hard over the past week, and we enjoyed the meal (and the company) greatly.
Today was also the third day of the Fete des Lumieres, and as festival regisseur, Alexis, told us rather matter-of-factly, ‘the worst night’. It was the best and the worst night, maybe, we prodded, emphasizing that it is good for the Fete. He merely shrugged with an easy grin. He’s seen this, handled that.
But he wasn’t kidding. MORE people spilled onto the streets tonight, and we have no clue where they’d all come from! The roads heaved with art connoisseurs, visitors from out of town, and all-round revelers, even at an early hour.
The team decided to ‘relak’ in our little workshop corner, and start a little later than usual. We spent our extra time doing what we do best (aside from preparing our items) – appreciating food. We especially appreciated having something closer to home tonight: hor fun and fried rice! Shaun was especially happy to have a taste from home.
Once out at the sculpture site, it was brisk ‘business’ as usual for the team, facilitating message writing, taking greeting photographs, and creating conversations.
Kenny and Khor went around the area, armed with their iPads and flower windmills, explaining more about ‘In Celebration’ and playing videos about the project. If they were salesmen, their sales targets would have hit the roof tonight! But the real reward is the number of minds that were opened and the number of perspectives that may have been changed from those few moments, That alone is worth so much more.
A passing percussion group arrived on Rue Lanterne about an hour after we had started, and performed right in the middle of the street! Their presence certainly livened up the surroundings, and transformed the feel of the area into a real street party! So the people in the vicinity had the best of both worlds; swaying to the beat of the music, while basking under the glow of the sculpture. ‘In Celebration’, indeed!
Since it was the last night that we were going to be stationed at Place de la Paiz, the team decided to extend the activities for at least another good 90 minutes, which made for some interesting observations. We overheard one visitor saying that we had ‘lamps for sale’ (sorry, try the furniture shop a few blocks away), while another interpreted our sculpture as ‘La Continuation – the perpetual movement in fengshui’ (tres zen).
Whatever the interpretation, one thing we’re sure of is that each person who views our artwork walks away with something different. It could be a new idea, a renewed mindset, a changed outlook.
Perhaps, our liaison Didier summed it up best with this French adage – ‘Les petits fleuves font les grandes rivières‘ – small streams make big rivers. The little things we do, can make a big impact.
“You’re really making your mark in Lyon,” Alexis affirms us later in the evening, “I’ve seen the little blue light pop up around town. And your windmills, children bring them to the park! People like the sculpture, people like the project. This is the most interactive exhibit at the festival.
“You’re achieving a very big thing here. You should be proud.”
Tomorrow morning, Khor, along with our friends from COH, will leave for Paris. We will miss the energy that Khor brings to the team, and the company of all. We bid them bon voyage, and a safe journey!
As for the rest of us, we intend to finally make it out to the rest of the Fete exhibits, since it’s the last night after all. Also, in the honourable words of our ‘Supreme Intergalactic Magnificent Mighty Benevolent Leader’, the one exhibit we know best is the animation on Place des Terreaux (since it is just outside our workshop).
“All we may remember is: girl singing, horse galloping, ‘mademoiselle, madame’, ‘sortie, sortie, sortie’ (exit, exit, exit).”
(That’s not how we want to remember things.)
So yes, we may have to rectify this tomorrow, by filling our sights with the many magnificent exhibits around Lyon, on the festival’s last night. We can’t wait!
for The Living! Project
in Lyon, France