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Route of plastic installations

Art Director Nadir Bouassria

Art Director Pierre Froment

Art Director Thomas Veyssiere

Creation 2011

Places Villetaneuse (Fr)

Participative artistic route along the future tramway TRAM’Y

The introduction of the tram is clearly a major transformation in terms of openness, development and restructuring of the area.

Work out a project of an artistic intervention on this theme consist on proposing a different point of view to the inhabitants to to facilitate the announcement and support such an upheaval:
Create, open a time, a space of expression and reflection.
Contribute to the link with the people affected by this urban transformation.
Introduce, generate some leads and questioning elements.
Propose a playful look at the future construction site.
Join, meddle in a plastic way, through a shifted use of the urban signage ,
Pending the arrival of Tram’Y Villetaneuse, and along its future way, and we deploy a project of urban art installations in three phases: Three stations, where characters, motionless silhouettes, sometimes with a piece of speech bubble, recomposing many waiting for the tram scene. Linked together by a funny and questioning graphic signage route.


A participative process

On the proposed participative approach, the idea is to install each of the three stations (starting with the station “Entrée-de-Ville”) following three intervention times, in which a “spontaneous” citizen participation takes place – in the form of photographic portraits, dialogues, ideas for the tramway and the current artistic project – used as a plastic and reflection material for the following of the route.

Furthermore, it allows us to fit our project into this temporality specific to the upcoming site.
Several workshops are conducted with inhabitants which are thus involved in the elaboration of the Carnot and Allende station. The project ensures to associate inhabitants from all around the city to make all the inhabitants of Villetaneuse home in their upcoming tramway.
Also, to reach different audiences, this project is in partnership with various municipal services (associations, middle schools...)

Installations and signage

A signage route

For the signage route linking one station to another, we imagined, in a first place, placing a broken red line painted on the ground. This “red string”, is regularly punctuated by events (discontinuity, injunction to go-back, to cross a gap etc...) in the manner of a board game. Sometimes we come across some silhouette or traffic signs including plastic and textual inscriptions imagined by inhabitants in the theme of waiting.
The city faces of JC Decaux billboards along the route will also be used in order to include some true/false advertising in the project.

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Installing panels made in the context of participatory workshops

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We realized three different installations staging the waiting for the arrival of the tramway. The waiting of the transformation at the future tramway station places.

Entrée-de-Ville station

For the first station, we realized, next to the already existing bus shelter a second shelter with a video installation. Composed by four screens, it gives us the path of the tramway – and the work in progress associated to it- as well as the already existing tramway path.

A plastic installation completes the video installation with silhouettes installed over the shelter, on the streetlights, and the roundabout Blumenthal. A population composed by people waiting for the upcoming event, mixed with people waiting for the bus.

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Carnot station

The plastic installation realized for the future Carnot station is a direct response to the Entrée-de Ville station. The silhouettes talk through speech bubbles installed along the grid between the bus way and the road.

These dialogues describe an evolving waiting scene. One is questioning, the other is responding, one hurrying, trying not to miss it, and finally commenting what is about to happened, what is about to change in our city, in our lives.
Finally around the future Carnot station on the grid of the middle school, seven panels containing the letters S-T-A-T-I-O-N on them.

Considering the location of this station, workshop are especially conducted with the students of the Jean Vilar middle school.

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“Esplanade François Mitterrand” Station

The last installation realized is near the “Esplanade François Mitterrand” next to the “Salvador Allende” city-state.

Here, the preliminary works before the Tram’y’s arrival have already begun, restricting by a fence the access. We built a T shaped platform symbolizing and indicating the future tramway station, offering a new way to pass, wander, and rest for the future users.

Here again, about thirty silhouettes are fixed to the fence occupying the space, and waiting for the tramway.

Facing this installation, fixed to the city grid, inhabitants of the ¨Project House”’s panels were installed, as a testimony of a reflection on the upcoming and current upheavals.

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Conception team


Ville de Villetaneuse, Plaine Commune, Acsé et le Conseil Général du 93

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