Bertrand Lamarche - Haut du lievre

LE HAUT DU LIÈVRE, 2012
Model hanged with wire,LED MIDI Computer mixted materials
500 x 50 x 16 cm.
unique


Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, exhibition view at le CCC Tours 2012 © Nicolas Brasseur
Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, exhibition view at le CCC Tours 2012 © Nicolas Brasseur

"Cedre Bleu" is a housing block built by Bernard Zehrfuss for the site called "le Haut du Lièvre" in the suburbs of Nancy in France. The block was nearly four hundred meters long, and included nearly one  thousand flats. In 2010, two hundred and fifty meters of the blocks were cut out in the frame in of an architectural rehabilitation.

Between a wreck and a utopian enclave, the model floats like an anachronistic object. It was built in his original format (including common tumble dryers at his roof) using the H.O scale (1/87) traditionally used for miniature trains. The model is animated by LED lights on its façades that reproducing the animation of a living building. Suspended with cables, the model seems torn from the ground to become an iconic of an architectural gesture referring to Post-World War II aesthetics and to socialism.  

Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, exhibition view at le CCC Tours 2012 © François Fernandez
Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, exhibition view at le CCC Tours 2012 © François Fernandez

Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, View of the exhibition la Nuit nous verrons clair, La Station Nice, 2012.
© Jean Baptiste Ganne
Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, View of the exhibition
"la Nuit nous verrons clair, La Station Nice, 2012. © Jean Baptiste Ganne

Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012,
View of the Exhibition Cosmodisco, Nantes.
© Ville de Nantes- Musée des Beaux-Arts -
Photo : C. CLOS
Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, View of the Exhibition Cosmodisco, Nantes.
© Ville de Nantes- Musée des Beaux-Arts - Photo : C. CLOS

Bertrand Lamarche - Methendal, 1997 -
Installation view FRAC Languedoc Roussillon
Bertrand Lamarche, Le-Haut-du-Lièvre, 2012, View of the Exhibition Cosmodisco, Nantes.
© Ville de Nantes- Musée des Beaux-Arts - Photo : C. CLOS