Title: The Olympic Ring between Apollo and Daphne
Location: Paris, France
Artist: Ozmo (Italy)
For: Planète Périphérique Festival
Organized by: ass.RAS
With the support of: RIVP, Mairie du 20eme
Address: Porte de Bagnolet, 20th arrondissement
“‘The Olympic Ring between Apollo and Daphne’ a monumental artistic intervention on the exterior walls of an entire building in a district in transformation in Paris
On the occasion of the Planète Périphérique Festival, the project organized by ass.RAS and realized with the support of RIVP and the Mairie du 20eme, I had the opportunity to create an artistic intervention that develops on the exterior walls of an entire building located in the heart of the Python-Duvernois district, in Porte de Bagnolet, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.
The context and the formal features of the building inspired me for this project: it is impossible to think of painting on the main facade, full of balconies, windows and pillars, So I tried to find a solution that would make these elements become an integral part of the main subject: a huge, fiery red ring.
For The Olympic Ring between Apollo and Daphne – this is the title of the work I made – I then recontextualized Apollo chasing Dapne and Daphne chased by Apollo, The statues that the brothers Nicolas and Guillaume Coustou created for the park of the castle of Marly and that from 1940 are in the Louvre.
The statues, designed and arranged so as to make a parallel run, are now depicted on the ends of the palace, one on each of the blind side walls, as directed in the opposite direction. They are reached and wrapped by the large red ring, shaded like a neon sign, overlooking the facade.
This element, the real protagonist of the intervention, which unfolds along the two suspenders that join the balconies, is a reference to the busy périférique, the Parisian ring road, on which the intervention faces? Is that an answer to the huge advertising signs on the building across the street? Or is that a fil rouge? Does it evoke a track, a path or an orbit? And what possible link does it have to the red ring of the Olympics cite
The Olympic Ring between Apollo and Daphne offers itself to the passerby as an element of short-circuit and harmonization: between the two mythological figures, between the walls of the building, between the idea of the center and the suburbs, and between our perception.”
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