Cumulus is an installation of different scale sculptures. Those artificial architectures represent a fake organic nature in between the underworld and up to the sky like corals, barks or clouds, are grown in the Train Station Saint Sauveur for the occasion of Lille3000, 2019.
They take their inspiration in Xilitla, where there is the Park of the British surrealist artist, poet and architect James Edward in the region of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. James Edward built out of nowhere a concrete sculpture/architecture/park in the jungle.
A strong contrast in between the wild abundant nature and the grey gold that destroys mountains, covers lands, creates tiny box houses for the poorest and builds ghettos for the wealthiest, a visible reflection in the park. A concrete that wants to look organic as much in contrast with its very artificial essence. You can feel that nature wants to take over again and little by little eating this architecture.
A fascinating and sad place where your imagery can bring you in a scene of “The Lord of Rings” or “Atlantis”, where elves and leprechauns can exist. The freedom of lines and forms in James’ constructions are far from modernist architecture of his time, but rather imitating the organic spectacle of nature.
About the name of the installation “Cumulus”: cumulus clouds aren’t light, it’s an illusion, despite their fluffy appearance. An average cumulus cloud is about 550 tons.
In my sculptures, I wanted to re-transcribe those contrary feelings, when the light goes through the floating immaterial shape and the actual mass of a cloud. I created a real fake-nature: abstract and ordonate, free and organic on a side and rigid and aseptic even flat on the other side. “Cumulus” can’t be nature. It’s a dystopia. Those endomorphic sculptures, colored and cold at the same time, taller one from another, competing directly with the building itself, made of concrete, concrete on concrete, to talk about concrete in the jungle?
It sounds like concrete dementia!