Here is our selection of the Van’s 2022 works (Voyage à Nantes).
“Extensions”, Bias Street
The Dutch artist Krijn de Koning borrows from the architecture and colors of the territory and then integrates his works there. In rue Bias, drawing inspiration from the clean, ocher portal of the Nantes University presidency from the 1930s, he repainted the facade of car park 1 of the CHU in the same color, and colored the car park rings in green and in blue. In the middle, he placed four circular sculptures in the shape of a column or even a totem, whose color palette recalls that of the buildings repainted by the artist.
“Chromatic facades”, Place du Commerce
The wooden facades, painted in bright colors, resemble theater or cinema sets. They are supported or attached to the walls of the buildings by scaffolding, which adds perspective and depth to the work. After a period of transformation and renovation which ends this year, the Chromatic facades highlight the square by recalling its rich port and commercial history.
“The Theater of Operations”, places Graslin and Félix-Fournier
You couldn’t miss one of these black silhouettes if you wandered around the center. Place Graslin, the artist Hélène Delprat has set up a “star island”, where we can see in the center the silhouette of an angel with open arms and outstretched wings, with a large horn next to it. From Graslin, other silhouettes, including “wolf men”, take over the space in front of the forecourt of the Saint-Nicolas basilica with flags. In total, nearly 40 creatures straight out of a “danse macabre” are coming to town.
“Weightlessness”, on two trams
Le Van renewed its partnership with Semitan this year. The Ile-de-France painter Julien Colombier, who works mainly in oil pastel and acrylic, had fun decorating two trams on lines 1 and 3 with geometric and plant motifs, almost hypnotic.
“Meanwhile La Traversée du Solilab”, on the island of Nantes
The Solilab, an essential place for the social and solidarity economy in Nantes, is opening to the public this year with the installation of a canteen and a bicycle repair workshop.
For the occasion, the Vector workshop, a group of architects who graduated from the Montpellier School of Architecture, opened an artistic passage between the Solilab and the Cantine du Voyage in Nantes, in the form of a flared path delimited by wooden slats.
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An unusual work at the Miséricorde cemetery
In the Miséricorde cemetery, renamed “e Père Lachaise Nantes”, the artist Pascal Convert has frozen a family of deer in glass. Fix them in the eyes while moving, they will follow you with their gaze.
Free 30-minute tours are offered every day by Voyage à Nantes (Van) to learn more about the artist’s inspirations. In particular the “kintsugi”, a Japanese method of repairing porcelain, as well as on the materials used to create this “veiling” effect which gives the air of ghosts to these works. You will learn more about the history of the cemetery, built on an abandoned chapel in 1791.
Flash visits to the Miséricorde cemetery (4, rue de la Pelleterie) every day at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.