- Stellar by Baptiste Debombourg in Nantes
“Le Voyage à Nantes” is a local public community created for the promotion of the Nantes Metropole and the territory of the Island of Nantes. Every summer an installation is put up to raise awareness of city cultural and artistic activities and to appreciate the less known architectural and urban treasures.
This year artist Baptiste Debombourg was invited to create an artwork for the Place du Bouffay, a pedestrian square in the oldest area of Nantes, important for its history and urban topography and now fringed with a lot of bars and restaurants and their outdoor tables.
“Stellar” is the result of Debombourg's interpretation of the space but also of the actual use of the square. From far off it looks like an amusement ride and only as you get nearer do you realise that 1,200 cafe chairs in six colours have been attached to a steel structure (a good 300 metres long) similar to those that are present in the bars in the square.
Baptiste Debombourg's work, always attentive to human relationships and their consequences, is based precisely on the true role of the square as a place of sharing and socialising. The chairs represent man while the dynamically shaped structure depicts two ellipses that rise then meet, the exact contrast of the gravity of our daily troubles. This is a clear invitation to reflect on life which, in turn, is inspired by the work of art created by Robert Delauney for the “Palais de l'Air” in the 1937 Paris Expo.
Stellar by Baptiste Debombourg
for Le Voyage à Nantes
Location: Nantes, Francia
Images: Courtesy of Galerie Patricia Dorfmann - thanks to v2com