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10/07/2016 16:00

‘Nuit Blanche’ in Paris: Legrand partners a nocturnal art installation for the benefit of Electriciens sans frontières

On the occasion of the 15th edition of the ‘Nuit Blanche’ (White Night) nocturnal arts event in Paris, some 5,000 people came to operate the controls of the art work ‘Réflexion électrique’ (Electrical Reflection), thereby generating 3,790 Wh of power and raising €7,580 for the electrification of the village of Poggy in Haiti.

‘Réflexion électrique’ was produced by 5 artists and designers acting on behalf of NGO Electriciens sans frontières (Electricians without borders), so as to immerse visitors in the typical environment of ESF assignments, i.e. places lacking electricity and therefore lighting. Each visitor was invited to turn the handles on the installation, thereby generating a certain amount of light. The energy produced in this way was then converted into a monetary donation, on the basis of 1 Watt equalling €2.

The Poggy project aims to provide enhanced teaching and learning conditions for 160 students aged between 5 and 17 and their 9 teachers. Solar panels providing classroom lighting enable the children to receive extra evening classes and do their homework on the school’s premises, while teaching staff can better prepare their classes.

In the context of the partnership existing between Legrand and ESF since 2007, Legrand provided electrical material for this initiative and a Legrand lead designer contributed to setting up the ‘Réflexion électrique’ installation.

To find out more about Réflexion électrique, click here.


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