Françoise SCHEIN, «Les Murmures », a City-Tree (2009). Public Library of the city of Les Mureaux (Fr
Artist Françoise Schein has created a monumental « tree looking » map for the Plaza and the façade of the new Public Library (Mediathèque) of the city of Les Mureaux (France). Produced with the active participation of 150 inhabitants, the artist has given the population, an opportunity to appropriate themselves encyclopedic images and texts from various sources, reflecting the cultural content of the building. This particular black on green inverted city map, is grounded as a tree in the meanders of the Seine river, which wraps themself around the building, signifying the origin of the city. Working as a perfect interface between the inside and the outside of the Library, the artist's participative production of the work has succeed in gathering people from multiple origins, ages, religions and social status. For many months, they worked closely together creating, between them, a unique synergy.
Françoise Schein's work explores one of humanity's most fundamental desire : the right to have access to an understanding of the world we inhabit and the meaning of human existence. She is the artist of the Concorde métro station in Paris and the founder of the Association Inscrire : www.inscrire.com
Commissioned by the city of les Mureaux, with the support of the French Ministery of Culture, the Conseil Général des Yvelines, the Région Île-de-France, Urban II projets de villes, projets de vies, the European Union.
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