Place Vendôme

During one month in October, FIAC invites an artist to install a major artwork or imagine a specific project for the Place Vendôme.
This prestigious Parisian square provides an ideal context for contemporary creation. Like a jewellery box set in stone, the Place Vendôme incarnates creation, excellence and savoir-faire.

During FIAC week, a cultural mediation service is provided by students of the Ecole du Louvre.



Life Prototype, 447 x 866 x 210cm
Rainwater, 326 x 225 x 210cm
Water Column, 325 x 800 x 210cm
Sun Riot, 1025 x 210cm
Tuyaux thermoplastiques, troncs d’arbres,
Chantal Crousel, Paris
Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York
Luhring Augustine, New York

Sculpture is a hole in the world. Not an object but its absence, a void. A sculpture lacks life, needs you, it’s an emptiness you occupy. Our world is water; make a sculpture for water, then. A pipe, a hole moving water through the earth, a passage from one place to another. Water is public space underground us. We need to go there, move through it ourselves, go inside the pipeline and live there. Sous le pavé, la pipeline. Sur le pave, la pipeline. On either side of the war memorial at the center of Place Vendôme, four sections of large diameter pipe are displayed above ground.

Engineered for use in civic scale floodwater management and rainwater retention, the recycled thermoplastic pipes are an architecture of water made visible, un pavillon de l’eau évaporé, a horizontal water monument. This is a pipeline you can walk through, a pipeline for people. Inside the pipes are tree trunks, cut from the Bois de Vincennes, installed in the interior of the pipelines. A tree is a biological indicator of the health of an ecosystem, record of the water we all depend on. Trees are solid water, live water. In the interior of the pipeline we are brought face to face with a tree, a nonhuman person.

In collaboration with Polypipe, technical partner of the installation.
© Oscar Tuazon, Dessin préparatoire pour le projet Fiac Hors-les-murs

With the support of:

Avec la collaboration de Polypipe, partenaire technique de l’installation
© Oscar Tuazon, Dessin préparatoire pour le projet Fiac Hors-les-murs,
Place Vendôme, 2017.

La FIAC bénéficie du soutien de son partenaire Place Vendôme :


Ali Cherri

Katinka Bock

Erik Dietmani

Stefan Rinck

Claude Viallat

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan

Mel Bochner

Jim Dine

Patrick Saytour

Maria Elvira Escallon

Ryan Gander

Folkert de Jong

Navid Nuur


Pugnaire & Raffini

Antonio Caro

Los Carpinteros

George Condo

Marc Couturier

Christian de Portzamparc

Jean Denant

Jean Prouvé

Stéphanie Saadé

Oscar Tuazon

João Vasco Paiva