Vallon Obscur

Project put in place by the l’Atelier Artistique du Béton for Studio Jean Nouvel

Sculpture and Shotcrete

Dans le cadre d’un programme de construction de deux immeubles à l’ouest de Nice, Pleiade et Odyssée, la société AAB s’est vu chargée de la construction du Vallon Obscur : une faillæ◊e qui éclaire le parking souterrain en s’ouvrant sur le ciel et dont l’aspect évoque les paysages endémiques de la région de Nice.

Enlisted as a sculptor on AAB’s team, I participated in the construction of this concrete fissure, giving it the appearance of a pudding stone, a conglomerate of mud and gravel pebbles, which form the real Vallon Obscur, north of Nice. To create the vegetal wall, we had to integrate reserves of water and troughs to enable the cultivation and growth of plants in the space.





vegetal wall

Jean Nouvel




Containers, squelette géant de serpent, coiffe style empire de Monumenta Empire oeuvre de l'artiste Huang Yong Ping

Craft or Art

Not long ago, I was interviewed at the Gare de Nantes by a local journalist. The journalist asked me how to best describe my contribution to the concrete tree sculpture; as an artist or an artisan? Normally, this type of question would have left me speechless, had I not thankfully prepared a very polite, very vague answer:

“we are a bit of both”

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