Toulouse: Tisséo and Sébastien Langloÿs on the right track
In mid-November, the bas-relief of a famous 19th century British inventor will be installed on the platform of the Jean-Jaurès station on line A. A bronze work by Sébastien Langloÿs.
We no longer present the Toulouse sculptor Sébastien Langloÿs, used to making many busts of personalities, many of which are scattered around Toulouse. We know less about the technical aspect of its know-how. He is currently finishing a bas-relief depicting the bust of British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 19th century inventor of the Great Western Railway, a series of steamboats as well as numerous bridges and tunnels. In homage to this brilliant inventor, each year the International Association of Tunnels and Underground Space (AITES) awards the “Technical Project Innovation” prize which recognizes a judicious and daring achievement. “Our association, a United Nations NGO, covers 78 countries,” explains Olivier Vion, executive director of AITES). Seventy participants were in the running for this prize, recognized worldwide and received by Tisséo Ingéniérie ”.
In November 2019, before the covid, Tisséo Ingénierie received this award in Miami for the extension of the line A platform. “It’s a great recognition that honors all the players in this technically complicated structure,” says Anne-Laure. Brazier, project manager at Tisséo Ingénierie who also managed this project.
A bust visible to all
For several years, Sébastien Langloÿs has been in charge of this bust. “This complex work of course requires several phases before the raw bronze and the patina that gives it its final color, precise. These last stages are underway at the Ilhat foundry in Flourens with whom I like to work for the quality of their work ”. The bas-relief will then be sealed in its final location, on the Jean-Jaurès quay of line A. Visible by all, it will be installed and inaugurated in mid-November 2021.