Illuminated churches in Quito

Illuminated churches in Quito

Cities for culture

The festival of light in Ecuador’s capital took place during the last UN’s Habitat III conference In August, illuminating historic buildings in Quito’s centre.

Quiteños, tourists, and those attending the U.N. Habitat III conference were treated to a visual feast as the historic center of the Ecuadorean capital – the first UNESCO World Heritage city – became an architectural canvas for a bi-national collaboration of artists from France and the Andean country.

A localized adaptation of the French city of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, Quito’s Fiesta de la Luz involves 3-D imagery that has been mapped to create augmented, digitally-rendered visuals that are fully adapted to the complex surfaces on which they are projected – in this case, the ornate colonial-era churches, convents, and museums for which the city is famous.

Buildings came alive as spectral Indigenous figures emerged from the baroque walls of churches and angels ascended to the bell towers, soon making way for dancing floral patterns and intricate designs that wrapped themselves around the Rennaissance-era columns and archways of the historical center.

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