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“Journey to Nantes”, a course of works of art in the public space

Ⓒ AFP – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | “The land where trees dream”, a work of the artist Laurent Pernot, shot in Nantes on June 29, 2017

Artistic journey through the city, the “Journey to Nantes” highlights all summer in the public space works sometimes monumental, like a toboggan disheffant suspended over the moat of the castle.

“Paysage glissé” is a steel installation, lying against the north wing of the castle and which marries the curve without touching the wall. Imagined by the artist Tangui Robert and the agency of architects Tact, this suspended slide, at 12 meters from the ground, is “a very playful object, but at the same time vertiginous, which is well in the spirit of the Journey to Nantes “Said its CEO, Jean Blaise.

“As long as you do something unusual, you can do it all the way. The idea is that this toboggan is dismantled and reassembled every summer season and that it will last a while,” he says, he.

Ⓒ AFP – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | “Hecate”, work of the artist Nicolas Darrot, shot in Nantes the 29 of June of 2017

With a disenchanted look at society, artists have invested three places in downtown Nantes with imposing works: a silhouette lying on the flank opposite the columns of the Graslin Opera on the square of the same name; Fossilized trees planted on a dried-up island and inhabited by sleeping figures, Place Royale; Or a large wheel composed of buckets of shovel, to which a part misses, frozen place du Bouffay as if it had been abandoned.

– ‘Two agitated months’ –

A total of about 50 stages are proposed until 27 August, along a 12-kilometer green line on the ground, passing through the ephemeral installations, as well as the cultural sites and museums of the city. Indoor exhibitions.

“The whole city plays with the idea that creativity is infiltrating everywhere,” explains Jean Blaise, creator of the “Estuaire” route, along the Loire between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, the “Nuits Blanches” in Paris, and programmer This year of “Un Été au Havre” for the 500 years of the Norman port.

The association Pick Up Production, with its ten artists, has invested the former building of the Nantes prison station, emptied of its occupants in 2012. It has designed an ephemeral exhibition, “Entrez Libre”, on the subject of confinement . Covered with graffiti in black and white, the surrounding walls evoke apocalyptic landscapes. Inside the building, collages deal with overpopulation or oppression.

Tourists and art enthusiasts will leave on Saturday in search of the “surprise” work, a 120-kilogram walrus hanging with his parachute at the top of a building, in tune with the story of the American soldier Hanging from the steeple of Sainte-Mère-Église during the D-Day. They can also spend a night in a microscopic dwelling, “Micr’Home”, perched five meters above the ground.

Ⓒ AFP – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | Jean Blaise, Director General of the “Voyage à Nantes”, on June 29, 2017 in Nantes

Launched in 2012 to boost tourism with a “demanding and popular” cultural offer, the Voyage à Nantes (VAN) boasts 643,900 summer visitors in 2016, an increase of 4.7% compared to 2015, with estimated economic spin-offs To 51.1 million euros in metropolitan France.

The “Nuit du VAN” will launch on Saturday evening the course of the 2017 edition, playing mass tourism. In contrast to Jean Blaise of Nantes tourism, “a cultural tourism, very discreet and awakening the city during the two summer months, which previously were a little sleepy and become two excited, excited months.”

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