The artistic 1% associated with the creation of the Maison de la Culture ended with the book L’Écoute

Should we wait until a work is finished to observe it? If you’ve looked up at Place Séraucourt to see a statue of a stag on the roof of the new Cultural Center (MCB), a stag on the old one that bears the name, or a sheep on the water tower, then the answer is no . Prominent part of Olivier Leroi’s project, selected by the City of Bourges and a professional committee as part of the 1% artistic

In connection with the creation of the new MCB, this pose of the animals represents only one phase of the overall work.

A four part project coming to an end These are four parts that make up the whole: a city map in the form of a bestiary listing everything Bourges associates with animals, the installation of animal statues, and two others that are closely related. The phase known as the “connected forest” during which the artist and several speakers, scientists, researchers or artists met at Bléron Priory for exchanges with the public. All these experts in their field were able to leave a trace of their visit to the forest in the bookListen

published on Saturday by Filigranes Editions and last part of this artistic portion.

Calculated on the estimated amount excluding taxes of the construction works of the MCB, the budget allocated for the entire project exceeds 200,000 euros, a sum that allows Olivier Leroi to remember that this book “is not free but offered”. It will thus be found and available in museums, in the museum or in the city’s tourist office. At the presentation of the book on Saturday, a first assessment of the work was made. “It’s a relatively unusual project,” explains the artist. I hope I was able to bring a little delicacy into the public space. »

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“I would have liked a moment of exchange with people to present the work”

Faced with a work that is difficult to identify, Olivier Leroi still has one regret: “I would have liked and I still want to have a moment of exchange with people to present the work to them. Back to meaning. For example the animal statues, the fine air track between the eyes or the ears of the three animals is interesting. That’s why it took me two and a half months to decide on a deer as a model. » Before I close: « The work is discovered, we can see it or not, and if it happens in 20 years we will dismantle it, I am for experiments. »

“I never noticed”

[Photos] Before you think about dismantling it, you have to find it. Place Séraucourt, many passers-by do not pay attention to the boxes decorated with statues. “I live right behind the water tower, but I never noticed that there,” Adam guesses to the amused rest of the statues. It doesn’t shock me, it’s rather funny, but it should convey meaning. “The same story for Alain and Consuelo, pensioners:” We had not noticed and we are wrong. We tend not to look elsewhere than in front of us, it is important to observe what surrounds us. »

A deer landed on the roof of the new Maison de la Culture in Bourges

When hearing the budget, some cry, but appreciate the 1 percent principle: “When it comes to art, it’s a good thing. Despite all that, it’s still a lot of money. It’s nice, but maybe it could have been done differently, Céline and Bertrand qualify. “. For her part, Bérénice noted that the statues are more visible in winter, while in this month of May the trees of the village of Séraucourt hide the various roofs and the statues. A paradox when the forest occupies a primal place in the artist’s thinking.

Matis Rapacioli

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