The Memorial, dedicated to Caribbean expression and to the remembrance of slavery, opened its doors in 2015 in the Pointe-à-Pitre harbor. This project, supported by the Guadeloupe Regional Council is an example of a collective memory site dedicated to slavery. Concepto realized the lighting design of the building and its vicinity.
The monumental impact of the ACTe memorial, its privileged location at the heart of the Pointe-à-Pitre bay, have been sublimated at night through a sensitive and surprising lighting design, able to adorn the building with a whole range of color nuances. The outside, indirect lighting of the museum shell composed of a three-dimensional metal mesh, models a monumental magical lantern, which irradiates the site and embeds it in the nighttime coastal landscape. The mineral, dark facades in the museum background give depth to the created design.
Based on various ‘light scores’, the facade now comes to life in many forms, to create waves of light of variable intensity and colors and a moving composition of tilted, colored light beams. This luminous fresco is conceived so as to evolve later on based on programming and events on the site. The long pedestrian walkway leading to the museum is emphasized through a dimmable line of colored light, which creates a luminous wave guiding and leading visitors to the heart of the museum and to the waterfront lookout. Pedestrian lighting spreads around the site, while preserving the main nighttime perspectives.