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Amazing Stage Fabrics in Motion

Sacred Heart Basilica

Paris, France
August 2020

To celebrate its iconic jubilee, the famous Sacré-Coeur basilica in Paris opened the doors to its crypts, for the very first time in 100 years! With a scenographic installation on the biblical verse "Come to me" (Mt 11, 28), scenographer Bruno Seillier designed a sensory discovery through the Bible that combines light, audio and over 1100 m² of display fabrics.

Flame-retardant printed drapes

All printed with spiritual artworks, the fire-rated materials are carefully selected and perfectly made to fit the curved shape of the crypt's arches. The team at ShowTex advised an exciting combination of backlit and blackout materials to either block all light out or create stunning backlit effects that mimic the illusion of stained glass. With the broad range of printable materials and availability of both 3m as 5m-wide printers, all your high-resolution printing needs are covered. The smart mix of printed lightboxes and blackout drapes surely defines the serene atmosphere of the installation.

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Translucent printed mesh

But it's not all backlit and blackout drapes in the crypt. On both sides of the walking path, elegant mesh fabrics are printed as well, with impressive graphics of giant saints. The inherently flame-retardant material produces a high-quality image on both sides of the fabric, thanks to its translucent print-through effect. An effect that becomes even more powerful by mounting the drapes one behind the other. The see-through figurines watch over anyone walking in, guiding them to the massive printed showpiece at the end of the path. A must-see if you can make it to Paris this year.

Project credits

SDEI Ouest
Agence Tand'M
Bruno Cellier