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Seconde Nature (livre / DVD)
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 Charles Bové & Miguel Chevalier Seconde Nature (livre / DVD)
Edited by Gilles Coudert.
Text by Christine Buci-Glucksmann.
Film directed by Gilles Coudert.
published in September 2011
bilingual edition (English / French) / DVD in French version (English subtitles)
15 x 21 cm (hardcover)
80 pages (b/w ill.), 24' video DVD
€18.00
ISBN: 978-2-9528897-5-9
EAN: 9782952889759
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The design, actual production, and issues of a hybrid piece of public art mixing virtual and real worlds, conceived by artist Miguel Chevalier and architect-designer Charles Bové.
“You arrive, dazzled by the bluish light of sun and sea on Arvieux Square with its old and now renovated Saint-Simonian warehouses, and you are struck by a huge, slanted sculpture that is wound around itself, shining brightly with its florescent orange. By itself alone, such a sloping spiral, 18 meters high with a 100-ton pedestal as its foundation, cuts a figure of the Mediterranean – the vividly colored Mediterranean of its boats, that of its shell-like forms, which inspired its creation, and that of the history of Massalia, the original Greek Marseilles, now 2,600 years' old. A landmark, and henceforth a symbol of the city, it evokes one of the first forms of both humanity and mare nostrum: the spiral of time. And day turns to night. Everything is metamorphosed in the poetic and unreal atmosphere of a virtual garden inspired by Mediterranean flora, which is projected onto the warehouses 28 meters high.”
Christine Buci-Glucksmann, “Virtual Mediterraneans or the intoxications of time” (excerpt, p. 43)
Second Nature is an artwork commissioned by Euroméditerranée as a prefiguration of Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture.
See also: Miguel Chevalier.