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The creation: deciphering Platonium

The CNRS invites you to discover this ambitious exhibition which combines art and science. Its originality lies in the fact that it was entirely conceived on the basis of ongoing research which was completely reinterpreted through the eyes of an artist. This temporary creation made up of installations, light shows, sound and videos was set up in Lyon's Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) courtyard from December 8th to 10th 2016 and is now being displayed all over the world. Actually, why is this creation called Platonium? It is simply an allusion to the myth of Plato's Cave. The philosopher urged us to come out of darkness to better understand the world and this idea is reflected in the pathway visitors take walking through this art installation.

The installations

The Vortex

A monumental hanging display coupled with a son et lumière show is the centre point of this exhibition. 324 strips of luminescent blue material hung six metres high are reflected in a mirror on the ground while the surrounding facades are bathed in magenta light.
Find out more about the luminescent strips of material

The Display case

A photocatalysis decontamination system which uses the same luminous materials as the hanging light monument is exhibited in a sculpture-like display. This is a kind of grand finale which highlights the originality of this CNRS production entirely based on current research.
Find out more about the photocatalytic reactor