The imposing architecture of the Palais de Justice designed by Jean Nouvel (2000) evokes power and the force of justice through its volumes, its implacable geometry, and its play with shadow and light.
Conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer (1950, USA) works with language, especially the notion of text which she uses in its different forms (displays, scrolling LED signs, etchings).
In the concourse of this building, Jenny Holzer uses words from the founding texts of French law (the Civil Code, Declaration of Human Rights) and has them slowly scroll. Playing with reflections from the bay windows and polished granite floors, the words seem to go on forever. On the Loire side, quotes about justice from philosophers and literary women, past and present scroll past with added dynamism.
Artwork created as part of the 1% du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.
© Marc Cortes