Name Amon First

Julien Berthier - Hors les Murs

The Passenger, 2017

Welded steel and patinated bronze
171 x 126 x 174 cm
Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris

Julien Berthier was born in 1975 in Besançon. He lives and works in Aubervilliers.

In The Passenger, the artist brings together two key features of the urban landscape – the pigeon and bulky trash. For several years now, Julien Berthier has explored bulky trash - referred to by the city street cleaners as “monsters” - arranged in anonymous compilations whose shapes are reminiscent of constructivist sculptures. For their part, pigeons that swarm public sculptures are considered a nuisance in urban areas and are under-represented in the history of animal sculpture. By showcasing these two pariahs, The Passenger takes an affectionate look at the urban landscape while examining the history of form in sculpture.

Julien Berthier, The Passenger, 2017 Courtesy Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
Photo : Marc Domage

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