Points of view
There is no landscape without a point of view. Paysages Bordeaux 2017 has therefore invited artists to give their impressions of landscapes- real or imagined- in the Bordeaux metropolitan area. One of these artistic points of view comes from José-manuel Gonçalvès, who runs Cent-quatre in Paris. He has invited three artists, the first of whom is the British sculptor, Anthony Gormley: a major artist on the contemporary scene. He will have 16 bronze sculptures around the Bordelais landscape that put the emphasis on intimacy rather than the spectacular to show us how man shapes the landscape, but also to remind us- like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’- that man too is shaped by its landscapes. The Canadian artist Michel de Broin will make 'Mille Spéculations' (‘One Thousand Speculations’), which is the title of the giant mirrorball that has a diameter of 7.9 metres and is formed of a thousand mirrors. It will hang in the Bordeaux sky from a crane. As for the immersive work of the Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena, it will be laying down anchor in September like a ship at the heart of the new Saint-jean train station. For something spectacular, seek out the sculptor Daniel Firman’s exhibition, which will be taking over the Submarine Base to produce “a de-stabilising landscape architecture”. Finally, two of the major works of a legendary figure of landscape architecture, Richard Long, will be installed at the Grand Théâtre and in l’espace St Rémi.
Since this summer-long event invites residents and visitors to look at the Bordeaux region in different ways, the sixth edition of l'été Métropolitain has naturally become entwined with the Paysages Bordeaux 2017 (see p.10) festival to make for an intense summer season of culture, with events running until the end of October. Here are some of the highlights from among more than 200 events from across the summer.