Les Murs d’Audubon at the Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg for the forum “Where to land
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In the tradition of his “cosmic animals”, the artist Philippe Baudelocque creates a new mural for the Audubon Walls. It represents a curlew. Traced with white Posca on the windows of the Maillon – theater of Strasbourg on the occasion of the European forum “Where to land, embedding european performing arts in the new climate regime”, this one will fade and erase with time, as if to materialize the disappearance of the bird it represents.

The curlew in a few words

The curlew is very strongly threatened locally in Alsace. There were 200 to 250 pairs in the 1970s, only 6 to 7 pairs remain today. This decrease is caused by the scarcity of its habitat, as the species requires a large area of natural wet meadow. However, these are treated with fertilizer to make hay, broken up, dried out to be transformed into crops, often corn, and are over-frequented. Recognizable by its long, downward-curving beak, the curlew has been listed as a vulnerable species in recent years.

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About Philippe Baudelocque

A graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 2002, Philippe Baudelocque has integrated the collections of the Museum of Natural History of Orleans and the Centre Pompidou. His work is irrigated by major sources of inspiration for him: the place of humans on Earth and in the Universe, extraterrestrial life, the interaction between the different kingdoms, Knowledge. He thus develops a posture of laboratory around graphic and symbolic forms. In 2016, he was invited by the Palais de Tokyo to clear a monumental staircase. In 2018, the RATP entrusted him with the realization of permanent wall drawings in the Châtelet – Les Halles station. He multiplies the XXL murals, from Paris to Hong Kong through Canada. It is supported by the gallery of the day Agnès b. (Paris). He also collaborates with Hermès, Diptyque and Pierre Hermé for limited series.

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