Nantes artist Laurent Tixador creates a structure entirely made up of recycled – or even upcycled – materials created for the display window
An experiential artist in every sense of the term and of DIY in particular, Laurent Tixador puts himself to the test in situations both extreme and zany. He has a fondness for carefully creating systems or objects using found materials, with a view towards experimenting and constantly surpassing himself.
When invited to produce a work for the display window along the forecourt outside the museum, he decided to create a garden of dandelions and other edible plants using aquaponics – a process where fish farming and agriculture are combined in a closed circuit. This structure is entirely made up of recycled – or even upcycled – materials: wood from plane trees, a city tree harvested during last year’s pruning, as well as bath tubs used as fish basins... The dandelion has been chosen for both its little-known nutritional qualities and how unappreciated it is.
At a time when we are constantly being alerted about the environment, Laurent Tixador plays with found materials and tests a horticultural process that open up new perspectives using both humour and poetic charm.
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