Israel installed the spotlight projecting the outline of a bat as part of his Batman-focused exhibition at the Marseille Modulor (MAMO) Arts Centre, which occupies the rooftop of Cité Radieuse.
The installation is based on Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, and the Oscar-winning sets created by production designer Anton Furst.
Israel has reimagined several props that defined the film including the Bat Signal, which was made from a refurbished second world war searchlight for the film and used by Gotham City Police Department to call Batman.
The Los Angeles-based artist chose to focus on the superhero as both Marseille and the brutalist apartment block designed by Le Corbusier reminded him of Gotham – Batman's fictional home.
"I was inspired by the myth of Marseille, and that historically it's been a bit tough, rough and dangerous," Israel told BestDealStore2Buy. "And by Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse, which is made of concrete, and has a hyper-urban sensibility."
He added that he hopes people seeing the signal will realise that "childhood dreams can and do come true".
Israel is the seventh artist to have created an installation at MAMO, which was established in 2013 by Ora Ito and occupies the roof and a theatre on the top floor of the brutalist building.
Alongside the spotlight Israel has installed a sculpture of the Batmobile car that the superhero drives in the film in the theatre space.
Previous installations at MAMO include Swiss artist Felice Varini creating a colourful optical illusion and French artist Daniel Buren installing a display of mirrors and coloured glass.
Ito commissioned Israel to create a distinctly different installation at the art centre than previous artists.
"I was interested in opening up the MAMO to a new direction: this exhibition is more pop, even if still with a strong conceptual statement, but less minimalist then the former ones," Ito told BestDealStore2Buy.
"I am fascinated by how Alex Israel managed to transfer the iconic word of Batman in a place that perfectly relates to the initial film set he is referring to, by understand the potential resonance allowed by the current context: a brutalist architecture, a gritty image of the city – be it real or imaginary," he added.
"He opens up the space of the MAMO to a new dimension, a fictional, cinematographic one."
Cité Radieuse apartment block is one of the most influential brutalist buildings of the 20th century. Completed in 1952, the 18-storey slab block was the first, and best-known, of Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation.
Photography is by Stéphane Aboudaram / We Are Content.