Pol Bury

Fountain 1986
(Flaine Auditorium entrance hall)

24 polished concave mirror spheres in stainless / 100 x 450 x 300 cm

Gift of La Culture Pour Vivre to the Flaine intercommunal organisation, September 2008.

Pol Bury, (1922-2005)

Pol Bury was a Belgian sculptor and artist, but he also wrote, made jewellery and fountains and produced a few short experimental films. He was close to the Surrealist and Cobra movements. He is best known for his mobile sculptures and fountains.

The sculpture

Éric and Sylvie Boissonnas commissioned this work during the construction of the Flaine Auditorium. “Ever since I have used mechanisms, I have wanted them to be eternal, to attain perfection… this perfection isn’t visual, it exists through the passage of time.”

The spheres are set in motion by the movement of water. They move back and forth in an unchanging, almost perpetual fashion while a curtain of water forms around the upper bowl. They mark time by their rocking motion while the water flows…

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