Claude Parent

Les Îlots, 2011-2012

Designed and built for the Domaine du Muy, a contemporary sculpture park, in 2010, Les îlots prolong over 50 years of research by the architect on the evolution of modern space towards the oblique. The inclined planes, irregular and discontinuous shapes remarkably combine to create a practicable work composed of steel bases and aluminium seats, being both furniture design and sculpture. Evoking geological fractures, these monoliths establish a new relationship between instability and imbalance. Anchored in the landscape as insular spaces, the sculptures invite the spectator to take a pause for a moment, to slowdown and retreat from the energy of the city. The oblique modifies perception of the user’s daily environment: this new point of view brings the body to a new state of receptivity, participation and adherence within the urban space.

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