CATALÀA Françoise
  • Introduction
  • Creation process
  • Text extracts
  • Some press reviews
  • Biography
  • News and Contact
  • (Pathings on an urban scale in the form of a permanent installation (always in 7 elements) such is the other characteristic of Françoise Catalàa's research.


    . Pathing 1

    Les Tarterets, development seen in the previous chapter THE TOWERS

    - Pathing 2

    .1981-1982: C.E.S. B. de Born Périgueux (Dordogne): 65m long ‘Cosmos’ walking route: Variations in the ground (sand and flamed bricks), trees (hornbeams and pine). The course ends with an ovoid space-bench 12m in diameter with a copper spiral sculpture of 2.50m x 1.50m. Architect Marc Robert.


    - Pathing 3

    1982-1984 Marmande (Lot et Garonne): 7500m² of development of two places, 45m and 120m long with path, plants, Ginkgo biloba tree, concrete and metal sculptures, winning project of the competition organized by Mrs Gilberte Martin-Méry responsible for Culture in Aquitaine. Project defended before a Parisian jury chaired by Mr Anthonioz. Congratulations of the jury.

    - Pathing 4

    The realization of Blanc-Mesnil, north of Paris, on 7000m², earned her the congratulations of Dani Karavan (Premium Imperial Japan Prize 1997, equivalent of the Nobel Prize for artists). Karavan introduced her to the art critic Pierre Restany. The latter wrote several articles on Catalàa's work, after a series of in-depth interviews, all recorded at her studio.

    This pathing includes 7 stages:

    - a memorial (27m high) whose bottom, in black concrete of volcanic stone and mica is a world creation, with 7 large voids + a column of veterans with 7 small voids all different + yew trees;
    - the course itself over 7000m² with a path of square cobblestones of gray granite then round pebbles of white marble;
    - a bronze arrow 12.50m high weighing 1,5 ton + lights;
    - a semi-circular bench 12m in diameter;
    - 3 Ginkgo biloba trees, living-vectors-of-space-time;
    - three monumental gates of 130 tons in white marble concrete (world creation), 6, 8 and 10m high, with a spiral on the ground and 2 white concrete benches;
    - a last part in mail with twice 7 red benches and twice 7 red prunus.

    This achievement allowed Françoise Catalàa to be invited by several universities around the world and to have many personal exhibitions, including the one in South Africa during the inauguration of the French Cultural Institute in Johannesburg.