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Temporary work of art

Palais de Justice

Stairways tour

The Neo-Grec building in front of us is definitely imposing. Built in stone and made up of symmetrical elements and large straight pillars, the Court House seems immutable.

However, the building will undergo a major transformation over the summer. Its facade will take a step back and its doors will open on a green abyss symbolising a natural contract to be established between living species. Justice will give a voice to the trees, hitherto silent witnesses of our human scenes. As a counterpoint to the sculptures depicting Casimir Delavigne and Bernardin de Saint-Pierre standing on either side of the facade, two characters with their eyes shut are surprisingly not holding scales nor swords. Their hands are open, symbolising a call for donations, exchanges, and equity. A way to go beyond the usual separation between humans and other living beings.

En recouvrant les façades des bâtiments de larges toiles imprimées, l’artiste Pierre Delavie créée ce qu’il nomme des « détrompe l’œil » monumentaux. Outre ces détournements architecturaux qui ont sévi sur la Conciergerie de Paris lors de la Nuit Blanche 2016, (Côte 15.28 : l’amour déborde), ou encore à Marseille (Détournement de canebière, 2013) les interventions de Pierre Delavie sont aussi des sensibilisations envers des sujets en particulier, confère le Radeau de Lampeduse en 2017, à propos des migrants. Au Havre, Que justice soit fête* propose quant à elle la vision joyeuse d’une justice évolutive, accompagnatrice des changements qui traversent notre société.

By covering the facades of buildings with large printed canvases, Pierre Delavie creates what he calls monumental « détrompe-l'oeils ». In addition to these architectural diversions which have already taken over the Conciergerie de Paris during La Nuit Blanche 2016, (Côte 15.28 : l'amour déborde) and Marseille (Détournement de canebière, 2013), Pierre Delavie's interventions are designed to raise awareness on specific issues (Radeau de Lampeduse, in 2017, about migrants). In Le Havre, Que justice soit fête* offers a joyful vision of justice, evolving with changes in society.

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Temporary work of art

May justice be fun

Palais de Justice
23 June  / 19 September 
Venue

Palais de Justice
133 boulevard de Strasbourg

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