Bancs et pyramide [Benches and pyramid] - Émile Aillaud
Émile Aillaud (b. 1902), Bancs et pyramide [Benches and pyramid], granite, marbles, 1985
The artwork is located at the exit of the bus station, in an area called Mastaba.
The Bancs et pyramide were originally intended to be part of an architectural ensemble included in Émile Aillaud's Tête Défense project. The Grande Arche de Spreckelsen will however replace the project, and only these few elements will remain.
A French architect born in Mexico City on 18 January 1902, Émile Aillaud studied architecture and fine arts, at the end of which he distinguished himself with the design 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 remained one of the last great architects of the 20th century, along with Le Corbusier.
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