Here stands the strange object Vincent Mauger has designed for Place du Bouffay for the 2014 edition of Le Voyage à Nantes. Starting from simple systems and building materials, he creates objects that play with differences in perspective and scale, inviting visitors to constantly readjust their physical and mental positions.
Since his construction methods remain visible, the spectator is allowed to take hold of the works and imagine continuing their construction or modify their configuration. The artist thus materializes what our mental space, our way of thinking, our physical presence in a given space and, by extension, our presence in the world might be.
This object calls to mind the very idea of Nature itself through his choice of material: wood. Long stakes are attached to a central matrix, creating a kinetic effect when walking around it. The mind then tries to find a use for it, revealing the object’s ambiguity. Like a medieval or antique war machine, its size and volume make it majestic – and just as equally frightening.
For your security, climbing onto the structure is strictly forbidden.
The organizers are in no way liable in the case of failure to comply with this recommendation.
Special thanks to TMC Innovation et Piveteau Bois.
© Bernard Renoux