Through Guillaume Laurens
He did not hold his positions for more than a week on the square in front of the cathedral. the “Salt giant”, imposing traveling statue of Spanish sculptors Coderch and Malavi, which has already made a stopover in Sweden, Germany, or Italy, had been installed on the Place Saint-Etienne, in Toulouse. Before moving, a week later.
“It was wrong” in front of the cathedral
The “Giant of Salt”, a gigantic statue more than 2 meters high and wide, by 3.5 long, for 650 kg, was installed Thursday, November 18, 2021 Place Saint-Étienne. But his dancer with thighs apart and almost naked (except the private parts) in front of the cathedral, was not to everyone’s taste …
A few hours after its installation, the Alain Daudet gallery, which currently exhibits works by the aforesaid sculptors, had been price by the town hall of Toulouse to move the giant. Residents of the Pink City and residents of the site were indeed offended that such a work of art was installed in front of a place of worship.
He’s moving… allée François Mitterrand
He landed Thursday 25, a week later, on the François-Mitterrand alley, between Wilson and Jean-Jaurès, found a journalist from Friday.Toulouse news.
Inspired … by a buto show
The statue made of polyurethane resin and steel powder is not yet suggestive, as explained the Alain Daudet gallery on its Facebook page.
The work is inspired by a buto show, a Japanese dance: “Giant of Salt is a sculpture based on the Japanese buto dance, which plunges and aspires to represent the experiences of its contemporaries and the mystery in which they are plunged after a period of crisis”.
“Through the slow and enique gestures of the Giant of Salt Coderch & Malavia, with an incisive lucidity the complexity of the human being and the forces of nature. They try, through art, to incite the spectator to s ‘to question problems and seek new universal answers. The aim is to dive into the changes generated after a great “crisis”, times when a very strong consciousness of humanity arises., to cross the twisted body of this Giant of Salt, the essence of life: to fall and live again, to seek communion between opposites and above all, to try to learn from the mistakes of the past “.
A “communion” which will pass better on the François Mitterrand esplanade. A place less pious, certainly, where the Salt Giant is visible until the end of 2021.
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