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Impatience Observatory

  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesExterior aspect
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesInterior, the periscope
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesOne of the frames / One of the papers on the desk
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesPeriscope handling
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculaires6 pictures of the future through the periscope : ruined national library
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesThrough the periscope : ruined southern tower
  • Jean-Baptiste Née, Impatience Observatory, Evénements spectaculairesThe pericope head into the model
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« On every thing, the grabbing of time makes a work of art.(...) For a city, erosion creates a ruin. » (Gilles Clément)

A desk, a chair, few yellowed papers, an old map of the library site are the remains of what was once the lodge of a site supervisor. On the walls some rusty frames show photos from the site as it is now, but they all look old, stained and full of foxing. Feeling of time lag.

What is seen through the periscope is not the actual outside but a model of the site, hidden in a false ceiling. A fake periscope outside, on the top of the room, fullfills the illusion.

The beauty of the matter comes from the passing of time. Eroded, corroded, objects and buildings embody the concept of infinity : millions of micro-events have happened on their surface, depositing  — as a silt —  the remains of the laws that rule the world and the richness of the shapes of nature. Let the mosses invade the roofs, the ivy take the walls, let the paint flake off, the wood swell, the stone become polished under the footsteps, so that everything gets a soul.