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Bancs et pyramide

Émile Aillaud (b. 1902), Bancs et pyramide [Benches and pyramid], granite, marbles, 1985

The artwork

The artwork is located at the exit of the bus station, on a space called Mastaba.
The benches and the black pyramid were originally intended to be part of an architectural ensemble included in the Tête Défense project by Émile Aillaud. The Grande Arche de Spreckelsen will however replace the project, and only these few elements will remain.

The artist

A French architect born in Mexico City on January 18, 1902, Émile Aillaud studied architecture and Fine Arts, at the end of which he distinguished himself in particular with the creation of the Pavilion of Elegance at the 1937 Universal Exhibition. The post-war period and the enormous need for social housing gave him the opportunity to distinguish himself as one of the determining representatives of the new architecture.
With a predilection for rounded lines and a wide range of colours, he introduced a poetic dimension into the production of large housing complexes. He died in 1988 at the age of 86, and will remain one of the last great architects of the 20th century, along with Le Corbusier.


Bancs et pyramide
Axe de La Défense