Chartres In Lights 2019: from April 27 to October 12, every night.

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6 - The Saint-André collegiate church

About the scenography

Artistic design: Graphic Studio of the City of Chartres – Bénédicte Chevalier, Jean-Baptiste Maradeix and Stéphane Lebouché

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Andre was restored by the City in 2006, and regained its place in the city and in the heart of the people of Chartres. This “old lady” was from then on one of the most beautiful exhibition areas of Chartres. For 3 years, it has been a canvas for plays of light by the graphic designers of the city hall. With no other guidelines than the dimensions of the building, they designed the scenographies of the Lights of Chartres.

The collegiate church of Saint-André, a listed historical monument, has, as it has every year for the past four years, been fitted out with new, colourful scenographies, consisting of four successive panels:

  1. Collage of images of different streets and buildings of Chartres on the facade of the collegiate church with the aim of destructuring, disturbing the architecture of the building and making people reflect on the grandeur of the architectural heritage of the city.

  2. Painting using the impressionist technique that gives life to the facade of the collegiate church thanks to marked brush movements and the vivid colours used, and challenges the spectator's sensitivity.

  3. Painting pushing each spectator to find a naive and innocent vision.

  4. Accumulation of eyeballs creating a feeling of embarrassment in the spectator who feels watched and promotes reflection on the importance of appearance in our current lives.

The collegiate church of Saint-André illuminated by the Graphic Studio of the City of Chartres - Chartres In Lights

About the Saint-André collegiate church

In the Gallo-Roman period, an amphitheater stood at this site. There are some stones in the walls of one of the crypts. Several churches were built and destroyed between the 10th and 17th centuries. Since its renovation, the collegiate hosts various events.

Dating mainly from the 12th century, this collegiate church has been converted into an exhibition center. In the past, his choir rested on an arch spanning the Eure, prolonged by another arch crossing the street. The Saint-André collegiate church, a listed historic monument, has, as it has done every year for the last four years, a new colorful scenography made up of four successive dressings.

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