Lilian Bourgeat tries hard to go beyond the ordinary, both literally and figuratively. He takes great pains to supersize everyday objects (patio furniture, rubber boots, road pylons, public benches, etc.). While preserving their exact original appearance, they are transfigured from banal items to take on extraordinary, and quasi-iconic status.
This is the case with this oversized measuring tape. Indispensable tool for architects, urban planners, workers, and many other trades, the measuring tape is also essential for this artist, who carries one everywhere he goes. An exact – but gigantic – copy of his own, this one is splayed out in the courtyard of the new headquarters for the construction company, Aethica. In the heart of Île de Nantes, this work appears as if it were a monument dedicated to the simplicity of an everyday tool – but one which turns constructions from our imagination into concrete reality.
Permanent artwork created as part of Estuaire, with the assistance of ADI, partner projet Estuaire.
© Bernard Renoux