Join us on a 10.000 kilometer on-going sculptures odyssey, drawing a borderless European horizon, through 120 installations in more than 15 Pays.
The White Walkers project is a form of poetic colonization of the European expanse.
The reference to the creatures from the "Game of Thrones” series, aka the “Others”, questions the migratory crisis endured by Europe today and the ever growing temptations to build walls.
The White Walkers will develop a counter-point narrative by reminding us how much the idea of movement, exchange and migration are at the core of our identity.
As artists, we want to introduce a form of poetry into a social issue, today mainly anchored to fear.
In practical terms, thanks to your support, we will build 15 to 20 sculptures that we will transport and install, for the time it takes to create an image, in 60 to 80 locations throughout Europe. We plan to travel to 15 different countries.
Our ambition is to generate an atlas of 120 images of a certain European ideal.
These raw wood sculptures, just a size above the human scale, have a limited life-span like us; they have no claims to eternity. As they roam the territories where they have been installed, they piece together their history while questioning ours.
In the last 4 years, alone or with several enthusiastic volunteers, we have constructed, moved, installed and photographed over 200 sculptures for about 40 sites in 3 different countries.
The concrete and symbolic completion of this work entails a real crossing of the European terrain.
We wish to carry out a 4 to 8 week journey aiming to produce and photograph 60 to 80 more installations. The idea is to cover a vast panorama of the European landscape - natural, industrial and urban - while drawing from the symbolic power of such an odyssey.
For us, this unprecedented artistic performance is also a human adventure which we would like to share with you.
This is why we are launching our first crowdfunding - not for distribution purposes - but for the very production of this project. Your contributions will help us to construct, transport and install the sculptures for the duration of our road-trip.
In addition to the images we will produce, we will also document the journey itself by filming a making-of that we will post on our blog: this will enable you to follow us, discover new sites with us and witness first hand the backstage of the installation operations and photo shoots.
By becoming our sponsors, you will be able to share with us the adventures of the White Walkers in Europe!
Francesca Bonesio (1976, Turin), Italian-born architect, researcher, teacher and working artist since 2009.
Nicolas Guiraud (1970, Bayonne), French photograph and visual artist.
Together, they founded Atelier 37.2 in Paris in 2009 : they conceive and realize art installations in public spaces, inhabited sculptures and land-art, on the edge of art and architecture.
Alone, or with a bigger team, for public or private orders, they have already built…
...a monumental 300 meters long land-art pièce on the top of an ancient volcan ("Arteology" for Horizons - Art Nature festival, Auvergne), a series of plug-in sculptures to be occupied by dansers ("Graft" for Centquatre, Theatre de la Ville, Temple galerie in Paris), an inhabited sculpture in Danemark, where the horizon line disappears when you sit down ("New horizon" for "Sculptures by the sea" festival in Aarhus, Danmark), a 10 tons coquillé-limestone art pièce, traversed by a Calanques blue glass slab, ("Bleu calcaire" Oceanology research center, Marseille), a group of 5 plane-tree’s skin concrete sculptures ("La troisième île", for the public Library Le Bouscat)... in addition to the first 200 White walkers...
They are now ready to produce the White-walkers European Odyssey thanks to your help!