Thierry Boutonnier

is a tree artist. Winner of the COAL Prize in 2010, he collaborates regularly with the association and becomes a member in 2022. Since his studies (ENSBA of Lyon, Concordia University Montreal, IG2E university of Lyon 1, SPEAP, CFPPA of Valentin), he mixes arts and life sciences. It affirms its agricultural filiations and reformulates the question of domestication, through the cohabitation with non-humans. It sets up alternatives to confront their exploitation and question our responsibility towards them . Anchored in specific territories, his works are eco-designed and co-constructed over long periods of time in order to embroider collective works in interdependence with ecosystems. Since 2017, COAL has been accompanying its Appel d’Air project in particular.




  • About us
    About us

    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

  • Projects

    Major projects linked to the major events in political ecology, in connection with natural or urban environments.

  • Artistic direction
    Artistic direction

    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.