The Pont Neuf has never lived up to its name so well. On the occasion of the Printemps de Septembre, the artist Serge Boulaz has chosen to give the building a new lease of life by installing, on the sidewalks, a reproduction of a painting made by the participants in the participatory project “Attention, don’t forget anybody. ! “.
The idea initiated by Serge Boulaz is quite simple: to talk about Toulouse. At least this is what the artist defends in a video published on the Printemps de Septembre website at the start of the school year.
One evening, staying in the room of a student who had gone to study in Bordeaux, Serge Boulaz admired the prints displayed on a wall; daily prints, friends, family. “I told myself that it is this daily life, the daily life of a city, which could be transposed into painting” he affirms. The exhibition was born. Animated by pupils, students and Toulouse residents of all ages, the Pont Neuf is adorned with works as different as each other.
“Each person has a story. Each person has something to choose ”.
The shimmering colors of some paintings contrasted with black and white paintings. The realism of some works is opposed to the abstraction of others, and so on. All, however, are the reflection of a feeling, a denunciation or even a perception of life. “Each person has a story, has something to choose to tell. Each person is an artist in a certain way ”defends Serge Boulaz.
But what about pedestrians? If for a majority, these works have gone unnoticed, others have strongly noticed. “This is really a great idea! There are works that really touched me, features, particular colors,… I am proud that Toulouse is a city of art. She must continue. Why not leave them all year round? It’s still much prettier, ”explains Sylvain with passion. Irina, a student in Toulouse, adds: “I even tried to be careful and not to step on it”.
Pending an annual exhibition in the pink city, the project, carried out in partnership with the direction of socio-cultural animation of the city of Toulouse and Tisséo, will be visible until October 17, 2021.