A video mapping will recreate the arrival of the winter solstice


Christmas is a time of reunion and rebirth. Sant Pau is inviting everyone to celebrate the holidays with its projection mapping on the main façade of the Administration Pavilion of the Art Nouveau Site. The lights will turn the entrance of the architecture complex into a bridge between heaven and earth, a metaphor of a tree that buries its roots and reaches out its branches to the sky in search of light.
‘The Light of Sant Pau’ is an interplay of lights and forms that creates a luminous symphony to commemorate the winter solstice, the moment when the days start to draw out, the sun triumphs over darkness, and nature is reborn. The mapping’ is a tribute to Art Nouveau architecture, and especially the work of Domènech i Montaner, who directly linked his work with natural forms. Plant and organic motifs are present in many of the architectural and decorative elements in the Art Nouveau complex, and are central to the very conception of what was the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for over 80 years. This projection also highlights the centuries of history of the institution.
In addition, the different projections will reveal an architecture that connects the profane and the divine, a relation that is evident throughout the architectural complex.  
The mapping, which will be accompanied by original musical compositions, uses different audiovisual resources and technologies to highlight architectural elements, such as 3D light and shadows, and a photographic collage of the natural motifs employed in the buildings at Sant Pau.
You’ll be able to see ‘The Light of Sant Pau’ on 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 and 31 December and on 1, 5 and 6 January, from 18:30 to 22:30. Each projection lasts approximately 8 minutes, on the hour and every half hour.