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Here is our selection of 2022 works in Van (Voyage à Nantes).

“Extensions”, Bias Street

NPV: Extensions. Bias Street by Dutch artist Krijn de Koning | PHOTO BY NATHALIE BOURREAU

Dutch artist Krijn de Koning borrowed from the architecture and colors of the territory and then combined his works there. On rue Bias, drawing inspiration from the clean, ocher portal of Nantes University’s presidency from the 1930s, he repainted the facade of CHU’s car park 1 in the same color, and colored the parking rings green. and blue. In the middle, he placed four round sculptures in the form of a column or even a totem, whose color palette recalls the buildings that the artist repainted.

“Chromatic facades”, Place du Commerce

Trip to Nantes: “Chromatic facades” by Alexandre Benjamin Navet, Place du Commerce. | PRESS PHOTO OCEAN-NATHALIE BOURREAU

The wooden facades, painted in bright colors, resemble theater or cinema sets. It is supported or attached to the walls of buildings by scaffolding, which adds perspective and depth to the work. After a period of renovation and renovation that ends this year, the Chromatic facades promote the area by recalling its rich port and commercial history.

“The Theater of Operations”, places Graslin and Félix-Fournier

Travel to Nantes: “The Theater of Operations” by Hélène Delprat. The artist placed black silhouettes from Place Félix-Fournier to Place Graslin. | PRESS PHOTO OCEAN-NATHALIE BOURREAU

You won’t miss one of these dark silhouettes when you stroll through the center. In the Graslin area, the artist Hélène Delprat built a “star island”, where we can see in the middle the silhouette of an angel with open arms and spread wings, with a big horn next to it. From Graslin, other silhouettes, including “wolves”, occupy the space in front of the forecourt of the Saint-Nicolas basilica with flags. In total, almost 40 creatures from a “danse macabre” come to town.

“Weightlessness”, in two trams

Trip to Nantes: “Weightless” by Julien Colombier. | PRESS PHOTO OCEAN-YONA BARON

Le Van renewed their partnership with Semitan this year. Ile-de-France painter Julien Colombier, who mainly works in oil pastel and acrylic, enjoys decorating the two trams on lines 1 and 3 with geometric and plant motifs, almost hypnotic.

La Traversée du Solilab is located on the island of Nantes

Trip to Nantes: “In the meantime La Traversée du Solilab” made by the Vector workshop. | PRESS PHOTO OCEAN-NATHALIE BOURREAU

Solilab, an important place for the social and solidarity economy of Nantes, opened to the public this year with the installation of a canteen and a bicycle repair workshop.

For the occasion, the Vector workshop, a group of architects who graduated from the Montpellier School of Architecture, opened an artistic passage between Solilab and the Cantine du Voyage in Nantes, in the form of a flaming passage delimited by wooden slats.

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An extraordinary work in the cemetery of Miséricorde

In the cemetery of Miséricorde, renamed “e Père Lachaise Nantes”, the artist Pascal Convert froze a family of deer in glass. Fix them in the eyes while moving, they will follow you with their gaze.

Free 30-minute tours are offered every day at Voyage à Nantes (Van) to learn more about the artist’s inspirations. In particular the “kintsugi”, a Japanese method of repairing porcelain, as well as the materials used to create it “veiling” effect that gives the ghostly air of these works. You can learn more about the history of the cemetery, which was built in an abandoned chapel in 1791.

Flash visits to the Miséricorde cemetery (4, rue de la Pelleterie) every day at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm

At the invitation of Voyage à Nantes, Pascal Convert designed a permanent work, Miroirs des temps, inserted in the alleys of the Miséricorde cemetery, between the tombs that suffer the passing of time. | PHOTO BY NATHALIE BOURREAU

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