“The whole place is fairer at night for night, like the trees, hides and unifies. The illumination is done well, throwing up simple and impressive masses where daylight would reveal a cheap ornament or a thoughtless moulding.”
Hubert de Cronin Hastings, ‘Architectural Review’, July 1925
Night-time illumination was a very important feature of the exposition, designed to create a sense of spectacle and contribute to its dream-like quality. The Pont Alexandre III was also transformed at night by coloured lighting, as well as a series of hidden pipes through which water poured from both sides, creating the illusion of a waterfall. Major monuments visible in the distance were illuminated to create a further scenographic effect, with the Eiffel Tower transformed into a giant Citroën advertisement.