Temporary work of artHistoric tour
A disturbing encounter between the city and the port can be observed from Quai de Southampton. Across the basin, another world unfolds, like a mirror image buzzing with industrial and trade activity. A container ship as large as a building sometimes crosses the horizon to head out the sea : here, excessiveness is part of the daily routine.
Something abnormal has disrupted the landscape. Next to the Cruise Terminal through which many tourists pass each week, a ship now faces us. The Down John is a monumental « détrompe-l'oeil » which tricks our eyes, as the never-ending movement of cargo ships fools our perception of scales.
« The world as we see it may be nothing more than a hypothesis. Disturbing it opens an experimental field for creation and enables us to break away from our usual perceptual routines », Pierre Delavie explains about his work.
By fixing printed canvasses on the facades of buildings, Pierre Delavie creates artworks which can be described as « urban lies ». These sometimes impressive « lies » have already distorted the architecture of the Grand Palais, in Paris (Neo/rapt architectural, 2014) and of the Hôtel des Postes, on the occasion of Lille 3000 (A contre pierre, 2012). Sometimes, they are more subtle, like the more recent Colchides (2018) and Les Encombrants (2019-2020) apparitions in the streets of Paris.
Terminal croisière - Œuvre visible depuis le Quai Southampton
Terminal croisière - Quai Roger Meunier
Œuvre visible depuis le Quai Southampton