Projet #1096

Versailles 2017

"Curious Botanist" - Waone

"Curious Botanist", is an artwork by the artist Waone referring to the botanist Bernard de Jussieu. The artist thus pays homage to this man who, in the 18th century, made his passion for botany his profession for the rest of his life. His work made possible the classification of animal and plant species still in use today.

Using acrylic paint, the artist had realized his monumental fresco in 18 days.

The Bernard de Jussieu district, which emerged from the ground in the 1960s, has had its housing estate renovated by a group orchestrated by Eiffage Construction (Ithaques, Vincent Lavergne Architecture & Urbanisme and BETOM Ingénierie), in collaboration with the landlord Versailles Habitat and the city of Versailles. The aim of the thermal rehabilitation programme is to improve the daily life of the inhabitants.

Associated with this renovation, Quai 36 signs the artistic direction of project #1096 (in reference to the 1096 housings). Ten French and international mural artists invest the facade of a building, i.e. ten monumental frescoes each measuring about 200 m² revealed to the eyes of the residents over a period of one year.

In tribute to the French botanist Bernard de Jussieu, the artists Aryz (Spain), Eron (Italy), Jade Rivera (Peru), Mantra (France), Mona Caron (Switzerland), Saddo (Romania), Sainer (Poland), Seth (France), Telmo Miel (Netherlands), and Waone (Ukraine) are questioned about the relationship between humans and nature.

In order to visit the Bernard de Jussieu district, take the Transilien L, direction of "Versailles Rive Droite" from St-Lazare station and stop at "Gare de Montreuil".

By car, take the A13 highway then the D182 departmental road, direction "Avenue des Etats Unis" in Versailles. The addresses of all the frescoes are available in the photo gallery below and in our dedicated Qlub 36 article.

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The artist



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Photo: © Cédric Pierre

This mural artwork is still visible at 22 Rue de la Ceinture in Versailles.

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