Face au temps/Facing the Weather, 2017

Face au temps/Facing the Weather is the title of a monumental artwork by Bigert & Bergström, created at the invitation of staff members at Saint-Denis hospital complex in the Paris region. The group commissioned this piece out of their desire to introduce art into the hospital, for the benefit of both patients and employees.

The commission centers on the hospital’s historical wing, a medical surgery building in the Functionalist style dating from the 1970s that defines the site with its imposing volume, in contrast to the units built more recently. The building needed some care and restoration, particularly the central part of its facade, where the decorative elements in front of the window columns were falling into ruin—the concrete had deteriorated since the era of its construction due to weather and age. To rectify this disrepair and its negative associations with illness, the group decided to work together to replace this damaged part of the structure with an art commission—a work in dialogue with the architecture that could also address a socially and culturally diverse audience.

Directed by Mari Linnman, curator for the Fondation de France’s New Patrons program, the group entrusted their project to the Swedish artist duo Bigert & Bergström, who have made numerous artworks that engage issues around the climate, the biosphere, and the relationship between mankind and the environment.

With the work Facing the Weather, Bigert & Bergström confront the impact of the climate on the human organism and its well-being. The work is composed of two large stainless-steel reliefs. The artists borrow symbols used in meteorology, including isobars, hot and cold fronts, wind, rain, clouds, and sun, and arrange them to form an imaginary map where several climatic zones merge.

The project is part of the New Patrons program, initiated by the Fondation de France, which enables people confronting societal issues or developing a property to involve artists in their endeavor through the commissioning of an artwork.

The patrons
Dr Florence Skinazi (gastroenterologist), 
Dr Isabelle Marin (EMSP doctor)
, Anissa Taleb (director of communication, clientele, and quality), Malika Faucher (trade union)
, Idriss Farota-Romejko (IDE EMSP), 
Dr Nora Mahfouzi (pediatrician), 
Sandra Nulbati (pediatric lecturer), 
Dr Chafika Khiter (endocrinologist), 
Isabelle De Castro (hygiene department), 
Fatimah Boutih (secretary), 
Alain Geerinck (painter), 
Omar Hlakache (gardener)
, Nicolas Druart (ex-technical director), 
Catherine Vauconsant (ex-medical affairs director), 
With the active and indispensable support of
Yolande Di Natale (general director)
, Samir Chakhchoukh (senior hospital technician), 
Emmanuel Duchamp (director of works).

With the support of
Centre hospitalier de Saint-Denis, 
Fondation de France, 
Fondation Daniel and Nina Carasso,
 Conseil Régional Ile-de-France
, Parliamentary Reserve of Senator Aline Archimbaud, Plaine Communes Ville de Saint-Denis

Accompanied by the sponsors
ATS Pantin Nephrology centre
, Pathology Laboratory of Doctors Badaro Blanc & Normand, SENY S.A (VEDICI Group)

Mediation/production
Mari Linnman 3ca, Contractors Julien Bonthoux, GMGB Installation Jacques Creusot, SAS BMF

Press contacts
Anissa Taleb anissa.taleb@ch-stdenis.fr
, Niki Vouzas Niki.Vouzas@fdf.org, Mari Linnman linnman@3-ca.org

Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
laquered stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Foto: Phoebé Meyer
Bigert & Bergström, 2017

Images


Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Hammered, mirror polished and
painted stainless steel
28,2 x 9,2 m
Bigert & Bergström, 2017
Face au temps/Facing the Weather
Illustration
Bigert & Bergström, 2017

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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