- The Paper Dome, Atelier YokYok and Ulysse Lacoste
Atelier YokYok, known to our readers for their artistic and architectural works in unusual environmental backdrops, including Les Voutes Filantes in Cahors (link) or the Treedom installation at the SZIGET Festival in Budapest
(link), worked in Beirut, Lebanon in conjunction with sculptor Ulysse Lacoste.
Il progetto The Paper Dome è nato nell'arco di un workshop con studenti di arte e architettura di Beirut, della durata di una settimana, e voluta da Art in Motion. Tale ONLUS libanese sostiene l'arte grazie al suo riposizionamento nello spazio pubblico, promuovendo la sua visibilità e accessibilità per un pubblico più ampio ed eterogeneo. Così coinvolge artisti locali e internazionali nella creazione di un vero dialogo culturale e trasversale, tra i quali anche i francesi Atelier YokYok e Ulysse Lacoste.
The project called The Paper Dome is the output of a 7-day workshop with art and architecture students in Beirut and was commissioned by Art in Motion. This Lebanese not-for-profit association supports art by repositioning it in public spaces, thereby fostering its visibility and access to a wider, mixed public. So it involves local and artists in creating a real cultural, transversal dialogue, like Atelier YokYok and Ulysse Lacoste.
“The Paper Dome” is an architectural object covered in newspaper, arranged in such a way as to reference roof tiles. The newspaper is a symbol of the life of Beirut, at once fragile and pregnant with meaning and content, and was used to cover a 10-metre domed wooden frame that rests on the ground at one point only, with the rest open to passers-by.
The paper covering turns it into a building that is as ephemeral as the material used to construct it. Its presence in the city's green lung is very inviting, and visitors end up being drawn into this “shell” rustling with sheets of newspaper, an oasis of shade, welcoming and cool, a momentary break from their busy routine.
With “The Paper Dome”, Atelier YokYok and Ulysse Lacoste in conjunction with the group of students from the workshop have added value to this green urban space through an art installation, opening up the perceptive horizons of visitors.
Beirut, Sanayeh Garden for Art in Motion Exhibition // from October 5th to 24th
Conception: Atelier YokYok: Steven Fuhrman/Samson Lacoste/Luc Pinsard+Ulysse Lacoste Sculptor
Construction: Atelier YokYok+Ulysse Lacoste and the art&architecture students or architects from Beirut participating to the 7 days workshop: Nare Salorian/Maya El Kaii/Michel Feghali/Christian Hanusch/Michel El Ghoul/Carole El danaf/Simone Kehdeh/Anna Nush/Rhea/Areej Jabeili/Côme Delanery
Images: courtesy of Atelier YokYok and Ulysse Lacoste