For more than forty years the French artists Anne and Patrick POIRIER, as researchers in a singular universe, have been leading their creations to history’s and memory’s tracks, doing their practice on the mysterious representation of dreamlike ruins’ signs and reinventing the past in every new work.
Time, tracks and scars of its continuous running walk, fragility of any human building and oneiric power of ruins feed their work, taking the shape of an alternative archaeology inhabited by a worried and imaginative melancholy.
In 1983 this gigantic column was erected on a rest area of A 89 highway (Suchères resting place), halfway between Saint Etienne and Clermont-Ferrand. A standing column, about 9 meters high, collapsing down in seven parts along on a distance of about 50 meters.
A really great poetical work, is the severe Bois Noirs landscape a symbol of man’s overweening pride or just a reminder of human fragility?
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