Michel Deverne (1927-2012), Rythmes, aluminium, 1970
For this interchange hall at the Grande Arche La Défense RER station, the artist designed, as early as 1970, two aluminium reliefs of 40 sq.m. each located above exits E and D of the Cœur Transport station.
Through a composition that skilfully plays with solids and voids, shadow and light, the ensemble creates an illusion of space and speed.
Born in 1927, Deverne developed his activity as a visual artist in architecture and the city. Using aluminium and concrete in particular, he works for France and abroad. His creations can be admired in many public places, such as the mosaics decorating the façades of buildings in Colombes, the hospital complex in Lille, or the steel relief of the BNP building in Tokyo.
Deverne's approach is in line with kinetic art, giving the illusion of movement by juxtaposing identical elements. In this way, he creates an optical illusion for the viewer who is watching while moving.
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