- LIQUID INDUSTRY -
Acrylic on metal
Industrial wasteland Babcock & Wilcox Company
La Courneuve (93)
Île-de-France region (FR)
Curated by Quai 36
Shooting: ©Sylvain Vesco
The Babcock & Wilcox company is a site that developed in La Courneuve (93) towards the end of the 19th century and produced imposing boilers. The industry and large-scale production methods provide a fascinating visual playground. Between the abstract rendering of certain alloys, the materials worked and the general architecture of the factory, the artists can appropriate a multitude of elements and information that will give life to their creation.
"Liquid industry" is a fresco created as a tribute to the different activities of the factory. The foundry, the mechanics and the boiler making represented on this fresco guide the spectator's glance. The fluid effects and the black vapors symbolize the heat exerted by the furnaces, also represented by imposing incandescent circles. The black frame on both sides is a nod to the original structure of the building providing stability to the whole.
From summer 2022 to summer 2023, the art production house Quai 36 joins forces with Emerige, Compagnie De Phalsbourg and La Courneuve to accompany the prefiguration of La Fabrique des Cultures on the site of Babcock, by proposing an artistic and cultural program.