neons | Geneva

21 January, 2011


Christian Jankowski / ‘What I still have to take care of’ / 2008 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf

PROJECT The Neons Project
LOCATION Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva, Switzerland
ORGANISERS Contemporary Art Funds and the City of Geneva
YEAR Since 2007

The centrally located Plaine de Plainpalais is a popular marketplace and public square in Geneva. Its diamond shape points towards the nearby lake waterfront, known for the spectacular reflections the surrounding lights make in the lake’s surface.

The Neons Project, funded by the City of Geneva and various Contemporary Public Art Funds, has commissioned two neon artworks on the rooftops of Plaine de Plainpalais each year for the last three years. Artists are selected from an annual competition, which has extended its bounds each year, and this year is open to international submissions.

While the artworks vary greatly in concept, form and treatment of the medium, each is a site-specific exploration of contemporary issues. They echo the aesthetic of the lakeside’s corporate neon signage in a language of culture and art.

For more details on submission to this year’s competition, visit: The Neons Project


Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photos by Serge Fruehauf (L) & Nic Hess (R)


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / ‘EXPODROME’ / 2008 / Photos by  Serge Fruehauf


Sislej Xhafa / ‘Axis of silence’ / 2009 / Photo by  Serge Fruehauf

Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf


Atsara / [M]ondes / image by David Houncheringer

PROJECT Festival of Trees and Lights (Festival Arbres et Lumières)
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
ARTISTS Thierry Metral, Allegory, Geraud Periole, Jérôme Hutin, Alexandre Hurzeler, Tilt, Katharina Hohmann, Anaïde Davoudlarian & Grégory Burnisholz, Ron Haselden, Atsara, Simona Braga, Sara De Gouy, Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille
DURATION 26 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

Taking advantage of the longer hours of darkness over the Christmas period, Geneva’s Festival of Trees and Lights invites diverse European artists to contribute temporary installations for the city’s streetscapes. The artworks this year varied from the eerie, suspended [M]ondes by Atsara, to the playful Pacman figures by Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille, installed on a string of existing lights.


Pac’ / Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille


Thierry Metral / Réminiscence / image by David Houncheringer


Jérôme Hutin / Les Vénérables  / image by David Houncheringer

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