WWII submarine bunker to reopen as digital-art gallery

Posted by Leila Stein on 3 December 2019

The four watersheds of a WWII submarine bunker in Bordeaux, France are going to be opened to the public as interactive, digital-art galleries.

The bunkers once housed German U-Boats from 1941 until 1943, but now these halls will be Les Bassins de Lumières (The Ponds of Lights) centre for digital art. The converted bunkers have already been used for exhibitions, but this will be the first permanent use of the space.


Artwork will be projected along the concrete walls of the structure and reflected off the water below. Each watershed is 100m long, 22m wide and 12m high.

Les Bassins de Lumières will be the biggest digital art centre in the world. The company has already organised immersive and engaging installations around the work of Klimt and Van Gogh,’ says Culturespaces, the organisation responsible for overseeing the transformation. ‘It plans a similar focus in Bordeaux and will use a hundred video projectors to bring pieces by iconic artists to life.’


The centre opens on 17 April 2020 and, although they have not announced any further details, Culturespaces promises that ‘a very big name and a very beautiful projection’ will open its first show.

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