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The Battle of Paris


Nuit Blanche, City of Paris
Mirror ball, 1000 mirrors, 7.5 meters in diameter.
The spectacular view of the starry sky has long been a source of delight and curiosity, but the abundance of artificial light in urban areas produces a glow that covers the stars in the firmament. The largest mirror ball ever made was suspended from a construction crane 50 meters above the ground to render the starry sky to the citizens of Paris for one night in the Jardin du Luxembourg during the Nuit Blanche event.”

It’s a work by artist Michel de Broin, and if you’re a hardcore UFO buff, you may have had an instant association with the “Battle of Los Angeles”:


There are more images on LifeLounge, including this one which is a photomontage with the classic UFO photo:


Why didn’t Broin mention the Battle of LA when there is this image clearly referencing it, I don’t know, but it’s definitely a fun piece of art.

As for the Battle of LA in itself, the famous photo does seem to show at first glance a classic flying saucer profile while the searchlights seem to be stopped by something we would assume was solid, but that may be misleading as the photo is certainly taken with a long exposure, as can be seen by the many shell explosions recorded on it.

Was there actually something solid there? Bruce Maccabee thinks so. But then, don’t you think it’s quite a coincidence that the object would have approximately the same width that all the searchlights combined seem to wrap around exactly?

I suspect the famous photo and the apparent solid object could actually be the result of the movement of the searchlights, explosions and smoke from the explosions captured in a relatively long exposure at night. Maccabee considers the idea, but discard it with quite reasonable arguments.

Then again, they are not that conclusive. It’s an unsolved, intriguing case, that could be smoke, could be an alien spaceship, could be… something else.

And now it’s art. [via MAKE]

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  1. alanborky January 16th, 2010 3:42 pm

    Kentaro, I’ve often wondered about the Los Angeles “Battle” picture.

    What bugs me about it is why would the US authorities, after Pearl Harbour, permit its citizens to be shown evidence of America’s potential vulnerability to invasion by air?

    Okay, maybe that was the picture’s point – look, see, nothing gets by us! But the shape of it bugs me, too. If the British authorities’d handled this, rather than allow our public’s imagination to run potentially rampant by being exposed to the idea of an unknown technology that’d make people go, “Bli’me! What the hell’re the enemy throwing at us, now?”, they’d’ve doctored the image to something more explicable, something less menacing.

    But looking at the shape itself: yes, it could be a ‘classic’ spinning top type flying saucer – a pretty compelling image, especially at a time when such shapes weren’t yet part of the visual lexicon of the age – but that pointed top it has’d also be there if it was, say, some kind of highly reflective balloon-like structure dangling from a cable below an out of sight plane.

    What I’m suggesting is, what if the whole thing was some kind of display deliberately put on with the purpose of manipulating public opinion? For instance, at the time, California must’ve had a higher than average number of Japanese descended citizenry, and if there was any kind of political resistance to the idea of interning them a stunt like this might’ve been intended to reduce that resistance.

    Then, again, maybe it was an authentic UFO.

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  3. Anonymous January 18th, 2010 1:22 pm


  4. […] the night skies of Paris as part of the Nuit Blanche celebration in October 2009. However, as Forgetomori noted, the light installation by artist Michel de Broin titled La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel (The […]

  5. Bill April 24th, 2010 12:26 am

    He may have also been influenced by Stereo in Montreal. The original club had a massive mirror ball that flooded the room with light. He is from Montreal and was there when the first Stereo was open.

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