Philolaos Tloupas, known as Philolaos (1923-2010), Nymphéas [Water lilies], stainless steel, 1989
This monumental sculpture that adorns the two fountains is made of stainless steel, Philolaos' favourite material. It shows the shape of a flower in a basin, a modern nod to Monet and a tribute to a nature that seems, at all costs, to be taking back its rights on concrete.
Born in Greece, Philolaos Tloupas (known as Philolaos), moved to Paris in the 1950s where he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1963, the architect André Gomis suggested that he create a "sculpture-architecture" in Valencia and enabled him to discover the powers of urban aesthetics. He then became the sculptor of architects. At the same time, a material opened up new possibilities for him and played an important role in his artwork: stainless steel. In particular, he uses its natural modularity to create shapes that escape geometry to better connect with nature. Pursuing a personal plastic artwork, Philolaos expresses himself on different supports: he uses terracotta, turned wood, smoothed marble, washed concrete, among others.
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