Gourmet Fair

Urban Memories: The Tuileries Palace

Vase of the Tuileries in Paris by Juan Garaizabal. Photo courtesy Juan Garaizabal. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — These are monumental works, blending in beautifully with their surroundings. The works of the contemporary Spanish artist Juan Garaizabal have appeared throughout the world from Doha to Miami, Berlin and beyond. Three of his monumental works are currently visible in Paris until the end of July from his series Urban Memory of the Lost Tuileries which are on display at the Place du Louvre a beautiful but little known square where as a backdrop one finds the facade of the Louvre, the Town Hall of the 1st arrondissement and the splendid church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, which was frequented by the royal families of France in residence at the Louvre. So if you can’t be in Paris this summer, The Gourmet Gazette brings these works to you.

The Lost Vases of the Tuileries Palace, 2021, stainless steel, lack concrete and Led by Juan Garaizabal. Photo ©Roberto Battistini. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The artist has worked on this series of monumental sculptures since 2008 and it is conceived as a tribute to the Tuileries Palace which was built in 1564 upon the impetus of Catherine de’ Medici, the queen consort of France and burned in 1871 during the Paris commune, a time when public monuments that were the symbols of power were set on fire. The remnants of the palace were destroyed in 1883. The luxurious palace had been the Parisian residence of most French monarchs from Henry IV to Napoleon.

The Lost Lamps of the Clock Tower of the Tuileries Palace, 2021, sculpture by Juan Garaizabal in stainless steel, blown glass, bricks and LED. Photo ©Roberto Battistini. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The public can admire an ensemble of large plant-bearing vases in a reference to the gardens of the now lost Tuileries Palace, the dial of a clock in memory of the Clock Pavillion which was a central element in the history of the palace, and a third work ornamented with lamps in a nod to the furnishings in the palace.The artist has also installed monumental work in stainless steel at the bucolic Castle of Aunoy, just outside of Paris, depicting a giant vase and which the public can view until December 31st. The artist will also be inaugurating in July a monumental vase at the Foundation of Prince Albert II in Monaco. His works are not only works of art but incorporate methods of metal forging and masonry into their fabrication.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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