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Fact sheet

PROJECT :
Installation

PARTNERS :
Chalon armatures

SITE :
Port industriel de Chalon
Chalon-sur-Soâne // France

COLLABORATORS :
Xavier Juillot, Claude Giverne

STATUS :
Built

Event :
Chalon dans la Rue

SIZE : 600m²

 

TEAM :
Benjamin Beller, Agathe Pilla

 

BUDGET :
N/A

 

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Chalon-sur-Saône former industrial harbor is reactivated by on-site artists for Chalon dans la rue festival. We were invited to do an installation in a open-air, concrete enclosed, 700m2 site wedged between the river and a steel rebars factory. Collaborating with this latter, we planted a steel forest made of 2.5 tones of concrete reinforcement rebars springing up from the derelict concrete sterile ground. We wanted to create a kind of artificial landscape based on both on-site materials and potential industrial fictions.

The artificial trees impose a completely different set of values. Hidden reinforcements are exposed, strengthening rebars are made soft, almost fragile, heavy steel grids become light, floating on thin bending posts, and an abandoned place becomes a site under reconstruction. Ar(t)mature is indeed a manifesto for the reactivation of so-called derelict industrial sites that, we believe against all odds, are still valid and could play a central role in urban discourses and the city's reinvention.

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