Artist 3ttman placed ceramics on the roughnesses of the pavement in the Battant district, as a way of repairing the city in a luxurious way.
The first step was to take impressions of the holes and then cut the shapes out of fresh clay. After that, the shapes had to dry for 2 days to be fired in the oven for 24 hours, coloured and fired again. The timing was very tight, but thanks to the technical knowledge of Françoise Cholé, a bisontine ceramist, everything went perfectly.
Once placed in the streets, the ceramics look like small islands in the middle of an ocean of tarmac. The artist 3ttman called this intervention “Mirages”, the very definition that these are unreal installations that are not supposed to be there. 3ttman liked the contrast between the notion of dirty (the floor) and refined (the ceramics): it’s a way of inviting the public to watch their steps and appreciate the small details of their environment.
You can discover 3ttman’s ceramics in rue Battant, rue de l’École, rue de la Madeleine, rue du Petit Battant and quai de Strasbourg.
Bien Urbain 5
2 weeks : from 6th to 21th June 2015 + Chez Urbain open during all the summer
Associate artist : Eltono (FR)
17 invited artists : Eltono (FR), Honet (FR), Isauro Huizar (MX), Etienne Bultingaire (FR), Couch (JP), THTF (FR), Epos 257 (CZ), Simon Bernheim (FR), Olivier Kosta-Théfaine (FR), Luce (ES), Tricyclique Dol (FR), Huskmitnavn (DK), Influenza – Jeroen Jongeleen (NL), 3ttman (FR), Specter (US), Remed (FR), Nano 4814 (ES)
From Lille and working in Spain, 3ttman puts in question the boundaries between art and crafts through using different ‘raw’ materials: paint, concrete, paper-mâché, ceramics, and clay. The spontaneous and colourful style of his creations is directly inspired by popular and vernacular art, and from his observations of the small daily metaphorphoses of the city.
Quentin Coussirat, Fany Linossier, David Demougeot, Élisa Murcia-Artengo