The inverted square, 2016
Art piece realised in collaboration with the artist residency at Jiwar Creacio I Societat, Barcelona (Spain)
The Inverted Square is a temporary installation inspired by La Plaça del Diamant. The work represents the empty space impressed into the urban fabric by the square. The centrepiece is a geometric structure consisting of a platform and several modules representing the inverted topography of the square and the buildings facing it. The structure’s base represents a hypothetical ceiling above the buildings. The height of the platform and modules is proportional to the distance between this ceiling and, respectively, the square and its buildings. The higher the building, the shorter the module representing it will be. To sum up, the structure “translates” the architectural environment into an inverted, and scaled-down, version of itself.
The work, while directly interacting with its immediate context, fulfils a twin vocation as both sculpture and street furniture, with multiple levels each providing places for adults and kids to sit, climb or play. The project is designed to encourage people to take a break from the constant movement of city life by encouraging passerby to stop, interrogate, take a seat and, above all, be more attentive to the urban environment they occupy. Thus, by a playful yet intellectually stimulating experience, this installation will allow residents and visitors to observe in a new way this space they inhabit or they visit.
Thanks to Mireia Estrada, Maria-Jesus Bronchal and Fernando Bravo for their help and collaboration in this project.
Fais à ta guise!, 2015
Project realized during an artists residency at Espace Projet, Montreal (Canada)
This project questions the habits in the common space. Various removable street furniture (chairs of pavement, gaming tables, slide and stools) have been added so the people can appropriate them and move them according to their needs. By requesting the use, the installation does not occupy a location in a exclusive way, but shares a space with the city-dweller and participates to the active life of the urban environment. In this way, the project aims at fitting into the habits of use of the urban everyday life while creating new possibilities and visual diversity. Finally, the added elements are custom-made for the environment of integration what restricts their movement to this precise place given the usual ineffectiveness that they would have somewhere else.
Art piece realised during an artist residency at ZK/U Zentrum für kunst und urbanistik, Berlin (Germany)
Uselessness is a project based on an urban intervention made on two existing park benches located in Moabit neighbourhood, in Berlin. The benches are constructed out of steel frames which makes them almost impossible to sit on. The project, by recovering those frames with wood, intends to offer a sculptural intervention that reimagines the benches as abstract shapes while also making them functional.
Proposal, Public Art Contest, Première Ovation, Quebec City (Canada)
L'élan is an abstract and dynamic sculptural work mainly inspired by the landscaping in which it is situated and activities which take place there. It appears as a continuity of the landscaping. Halfway between the sculpture and the street furniture, L'élan proposes at the same time contemplative and functional forms. Constituted of three elements, the work deploys at first horizontally in the continuity of the pavement, revitalizes then to create a seat and, finally, stretches in an energetic sculptural shape. In the evening, internal lighting will highlight the chinks of the structural plan so the work will become a light-sculpture.
Parfaite imperfection, 2012
Art piece realised for the Festival des arts éphémères de Marseille (France)
For the project Parfaite imperfection (Imperfect Perfection), in Marseille, France, I surrounded a pair of park benches with a strip of artificial grass. This created a visual barrier and called into question French rules about not walking on grass. Interestingly, while natural grass is fragile, and should be walked on as little as possible, people were more reluctant to walk on the artificial grass.
© Camille Rajotte