Les hommes de la cité
France & Hugues Siptrott (b. 1950), Les hommes de la cité [The men of the city], patinated bronze, 1991
The eight sculptures in polychrome patinated bronze refer to the anonymous crowds of passers-by who can recognise themselves in a frozen eternity. The space below can be perceived as a primitive garden where men and trees rise towards the light.
Six standing figures are gathered on a marbled space, while a seventh observes them from a perch. The last one is at the level of the RATP staircase leading to the platform of line 1 of the metro.
A couple of sculptor-plasticians, France and Hugues Siptrott seek to reconcile extremes in a new dynamic. Convinced by nécessité́ to reharmonise the experience of man, nature and culture, they are working to generate a new way of looking at man's environment. They create large installations such as the Fontaine de ScyIla at the Palais des Congrès in Strasbourg, the square in front of the French embassy in Conakry, or the tutelary saint of Evry cathedral, the great memorial dedicated to the fighters of North Africa and overseas in Strasbourg.
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