Installation running In Lyon, France during Biennial of Lyon 2015 until October 30th.
Adress : Banque CIC 8, rue de la république 69001 Lyon. 8:30 AM to 5:45 PM non stop Monday to Friday.
...and it's free entrance for everyone.
The Hasard Roi is an installation of 2,60 meter high and 4 meter diameter that represents a kneeling man, his skull pierced with a 3 metre long metallic rod.
The Hasard Roi have ben also exhibit during The Brain Week at INSA university in Lyon 2016.
Oblique, the rod penetrates the upper back part of the skull, passes through the pineal gland and goes out between the two eyes, ending his race planted in the ground at the motionless man.
The arms stretched along the body, slightly apart, the hand palms facing the ground, fingers spread and extended. The upper body is in extension, vertical, knees in touch with the ground, the skull and the chin are straight, front face look.
The sculpture will be installed at the center of a beam of light falling vertically on the man, designing a precise shadow of the sculpture and, important detail, of the stem or Gnomon .
This sculpture is inspired from a news item that happened in Brazil in 2012. Newspapers reported the incredible accident of a young worker kneeling next to its toolbox when his skull was suddenly pierced with a long iron bar that had fallen from the fifth floor of a building under construction. The young man not only survived but did live with no aftereffect.
The exceptional character of the accident (synchronicity or a-causal coincidence) as the psychologist C. G. Jung put it, has been of major interest to me. And indeed : the name given to the sculpture Le Hasard Roi is taken from Albert Camus’ 1942 “Sisyphus Myth”, where Camus invites the reader to think of the way to run one’s life in an absurd world.
I wanted to express the whole strength of this event as well as the whole intensity of the emotions that it aroused. I thus imagined this piece in bronze, bigger than the human size in order to question the relationship between the spectator and the body of this man Hasard Roi.
The 1,25 scale permits to sublimate the power of the represented event. The kneeling man symbolizes various biblical and mythological stories. The iron rod that was a tool, becomes a weapon as it touched the man, moreover from behind, as with treachery. From his position, the man expresses the impermanence of his condition.
Furthermore, treating a news item thanks to sculpture drives the observer to interpret it, further than would have permitted a text or a photograph, and in a way that makes interpretation the proper end of the artwork.