La Mosaïque Sculpture (Fountain)
Artiste: Michel Deverne
Art integrated into Architecture, is the creed of Michel Deverne, born in 1927.
He conceived for La Defense the “Reliefs of the room of exchanges of the RER” with the sculptural decoration of the ventilation chimneys, designed by Andre-Prothin. The mosaic which accompanies the buildings by the Mirrors (1981) is also a beautiful illustration of the mixture between art and town planning: a surface of 3000 m2, creating an aesthetic effect of four cylindrical volumes intended to mask the flues ventilating, the exits of elevators and carparks becoming a sculptural work of art.
Where is La Défense?
La Défense is a major business district for the city of Paris (French:”Ville de Paris”), bordering Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of the city proper. It is centred on an ovular loop of roadway straddling the Hauts-de-Seine département municipalities of Nanterre, Courbevoie and Puteaux. The district is at the westernmost extremity of Paris’ Historical Axis, which commences at the Louvre in the centre of Paris and crosses the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
Around its Grande Arche and esplanade (“le Parvis”) centre, this district holds many of the Paris urban area’s tallest high-rises: with its 3.5 million m² of office space, La Défense is the largest business district in Europe.
Born in 1927, Deverne is a contemporary sculptor whose many achievements in Paris,France reveal his drive to weave a close link between architecture and the visual arts. His sculptures of steel, brass, aluminium as well as enamelled metal & tile decorations illustrate the diversity of his approach, the breadth of his ideas and the meticulousness of his work.