Following in the footsteps of Claude Ponti, Pedro and Johann Le Guillerm, Jean Jullien has been adding his touch to the Jardin des plantes since the summer of 2020.
Down the different paths, amidst the pond and the creeks, on the grass and around the trees and branches… he has set up monumental figures representing fantastic and fun characters exclusively designed for Nantes’ botanical gardens. Last year, visitors discovered the exhibition’s first four installations: La Coiffe (“The Headdress”), Le Ratisseur (“The Raker”), Les Enrouleurs (“The Huggers”) and L’Arroseur (“The Sprinkler”). This summer, three new characters will join the group: L’Observateur (“The Observer”), Le Passeur (“The Smuggler”), Le Siesteur (“The Napper”)…
Born in Nantes, Jean Jullien has already left quite a mark on his hometown. He is known for his beloved posters portraying some of the city’s best-known sites, and for his work Le Nid (“The Nest”) which is perched on the top floor of Tour Bretagne – an emblem for Nantes as a travel destination from 2012 to 2020 (the tower is currently closed for renovation). Today, he is a key artist in the international graphic arts scene: The New York Times, the Centre Pompidou, Petit Bateau, The Guardian, RCA Records, National Geographic, Le Grand Palais and Vogue are only a few of his many prestigious clients. Inspired by pop culture, both from his childhood and today, Jullien has created a fanciful and sensory universe through his exhibitions, books, and ad campaigns for which he is commissioned both at home and abroad.
© Jean Jullien