LE CREUSOT: The artist Michel Granger wants to create a monumental work that combines metal and glass

The plant will be more than 6.30 meters high. A totem to mark the new city entrance.

It will be located at the new junction between the entrance to rue Maréchal Foch and rue de Verdun.

Born in Roanne, Loire, he studied at the Beaux Arts in Lyon and has lived and worked in Paris for 53 years. Michel Granger is an artist with a global dimension, just like the planet he likes to draw, reproduce, caricature, enlarge …
Painter, he is also a sculptor and visual artist. By choosing his works to illustrate the overwhelming majority of his album covers, Jean-Michel has helped export his talent to the entire world. But it is truly Michel Granger who gave visual identities to so many albums that sublimate his electronic music that he is the virtuoso of.

Michel Granger’s works have helped identify Jean-Michel Jarre’s musical creations.
But Michel Granger’s career is not only parallel to Jean-Michel Jarres. There is much more, and the city of Le Creusot will within a few neighborhoods boast one of its rare monumental works.
For it is truly a monumental work that the artist will create at the request of the city of Le Creusot. After months of work, Michel Granger unveiled on Monday, May 2, during a visit to Le Creusot, about the future creation.
It is expected to be 6.36 or 6.38 meters high, 1.50 meters wide and 7 centimeters thick. It will therefore be a XXXL metal format. The work will be perforated with a few dozen holes, to insert glass into the metal. And thus symbolize and unite the history of Le Creusot. The one from the crystal factory and therefore the one from metal, which is still very much alive.
“When I was asked what could be done, I first asked to visit factories and workshops. And when I saw the big plates, the big metal plates at Industeel, I said to myself that that would be the idea of ​​connecting metal and glass ”.
In fact, Michel Granger is going to give a soul to a large metal plate, with “a character that will be like a galaxy. This man’s heart will be a colored earth represented by a glass sphere”.
This provides mouthwash. Because we’ll have to wait. The idea is to establish the work at the intersection of Avenue de Verdun, Rue Foch and Rue du Grenouiller before May 2023.
According to the Schneider statues, after the impact hammer, the city of Le Creusot will therefore have a larger contemporary work. And it will be triple, see quadruple visible. Going down avenue de Verdun from the monument en mort, coming from rue Maréchal Foch, also coming from the south of the city, ad rue de Chanzy and then ad avenue de Verdun.
Michel Granger’s work will rise and rise in the sky, like the great chimney from which it will be a few dozen meters away. Both magnify the metal. The great industrial revolution style fireplace. The creation of Michel Granger in a modern way in the 21st century. The artist loves and enlarges the earth. And it is actually in the earth that we draw the sources of metal, like glass.

(Photos Alain BOLLERY)

David Martin

“At Urban Community, as in the city, we wanted to mark the urban qualification project in the Foch / Verdun sector with a monument, a work of art. And so we turned to Michel Granger. Once his work is in place, it will offer perspective to this strategic sector of the city of Le Creusot ”.

Evelyne Couillerot

“The establishment of a work here, we have been working on it since the beginning of the project, with a budget of 45,000 euros for the urban community. Here it is like a new city entrance being created. And Michel Granger’s work will be like a totem at the entrance to the city ”.

Jeremy Pinto

“The city of Le Creusot is committed to bringing art to the public space, especially with modern creations. The reflection led by Michel Granger is therefore a project specific to our history, with metal and glass. It is a way of reconciling the past and the future. In what will be a crossroads and a living space ”.


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Art in the urban space
A work of art created by Michel Granger will take place in Le Creusot to complete the Foch-Verdun remodeling work
Development of art in the public space is one of the main axes in the municipal cultural effort. Goal: Experience the city differently and change its perception. It is in this idea that contact was made with Michel Granger, French painter, especially known by the general public for having illustrated the album covers by Jean-Michel Jarre.
Michel Granger’s intention:
“The improbable aesthetics of factories resembling cathedrals, the shed roofs with their saw teeth, the chimneys, the industry totem, have always in their presence signified the work of women and men. The architect behind the factories retains the power of their mystery, and their presence is well known. for us.
For the realization of the sculpture, the visits to the various companies in the town of Le Creusot inspired me and instructed me in the choice of materials. I chose metal from the rolling mills in the town of Le Creusot, as well as glass, which is also part of the town’s history.
For its symbolism, I designed a human being who takes shape in a galaxy of stars and moves toward us.
The carvings in the metal evoke the stars; glass blocks lightly tinted in blue and red will be attached inside to capture the light by transparency. The heart of the character is an Earth with its metal continents around a red glass sphere that symbolizes the principle of life.
In the sculpture I would represent the Earth, show the Earth to say: no one is excluded.
The sculpture will be represented as a monolith, it will emanate from a white Burgundy stone placed at its base on a truncated pyramid 150 cm high. »

Who is Michael Granger?
Michel Granger is a French painter born in Roanne in 1946, graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Michel Granger’s creations are many: drawings, paintings, sculptures, the press, posters, logos (TFI), photographs and numerous writings. His first paintings with the theme Earth were presented in the magazine Pilote in 1972. He is a forerunner in the painting of today’s major ecological subjects; several books trace his work on the theme of planet Earth.
His work has been published on many newspaper covers around the world (The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Sapio in Japan, L’Express, Le Point, Le Nouvel Observateur, etc.) as well as several book covers. . For TFI, between 1975 and 1985, he illustrated with his drawings the various television news and political programs. Jean-Michel Jarre used his paintings to illustrate the album covers: Oxygène, Équinoxe, Rendez-vous, Chronologie, Oxygène 7-13, Basket, etc. In his honor he has also created many posters, especially for the UN, Unesco, Cannes Film Festival , Cousteau Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International. He designed the credits in synthetic images of the opening ceremony of the International Emmy Awards in New York.
He created a series of paintings called “Traces”, dedicated to the man who had opposed the Chinese Army’s tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989. An action which he renewed in 2007 and in 2009 by rolling tank attacks in paint, to take their footsteps and mark them on giant canvases. These canvases have been exhibited in various museums, especially in Legnica, where a performance was made on June 20, 2009 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in other cities in Poland. Michel Granger has produced many stamps for the UN, for the French and Italian postal services. He won the prize for the most beautiful European stamp with “Books not cannons”.
Currently, his work focuses on the theme of vegetation and nature. Numerous personal exhibitions have shown his work in galleries and museums in France and abroad.
His motto: “We must not kill the earth, we would not know where to bury it”.

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