From 4 to 14 April 2017, the inhabitants of the Grette and Butte districts were able to create a mural with the artist Eltono.
True to form, Eltono first of all composed a grid on the wall and then proposed to the children and adults of the two districts to draw lots for several variables which then allowed them to paint 2 lines each on the wall: 4 then 3 numbers among 15 digits, as well as one colour among 4 possibilities were drawn at random and came to define the aspect of the line.
These painting workshops were a good opportunity for the participants and the parents accompanying their children to meet Eltono and to question him on his artistic practice, on the origin of his abstract compositions in the urban space, but also on the choice of the intervention process for the painting in progress.
Following the realization, the participants were invited to join Eltono to celebrate the inauguration of the mural painting on Friday 14th in front of the associative premises on rue de la Grette, with the pupils of the Grette and Butte schools.
LOCAL ARTS EDUCATION CONTRACT
As part of its educational policy and in its 2010>2020 cultural orientation plan, the city of Besançon has decided to set up, in conjunction with artists, projects to raise awareness and introduce primary school pupils to different artistic practices. These projects are organised within the framework of a Local Contract for Artistic Education.
For the school years 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the association Juste Ici has been chosen to involve an artist with the pupils of two primary schools: the school of la Butte and the school of la Grette. More than 160 children from classes ranging from CP to CM2 meet the artist Eltono through nine times of collective and participative artistic creations in the public space.
Having started with a tour of Bien Urbain festival artworks, the project purpose is to bring the pupils to discover the field of urban arts, as much through sensitivity as through practice.
Eltono is a French artist who has been working in the public space through a very broad practice, particularly mural painting for the past fifteen years. Having started from a tuning fork that he used to paint repeatedly on walls, he now plays with lines to repeat this adaptable form and make it a graphic motif that is constant enough to be identified but at the same time changing enough to fit into a given context. With an always particular attention to architecture, it is his way of articulating the lines and colours used that allows him to adapt to the surfaces he paints on. Apart from painting, his creations can also be found in the shape of installations or stealthy interventions as he calls them, the aim often being to create with elements already present in the city.