IN PICTURES – Discover the symbolic sculpture of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

IN PICTURES – Discover the symbolic sculpture of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
IN PICTURES – Discover the symbolic sculpture of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

The symbolic sculpture of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was unveiled this Sunday afternoon in Paris.

Designed by American artist Alison Saar, it depicts a black woman holding an olive branch and a golden flame.

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Paris 2024 Olympic Games

An ode to multiculturalism. The sculpture symbol of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games was inaugurated this Sunday afternoon in the Charles-Aznavour garden, at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Made of bronze and a volcanic rock resistant to weather and environmental pollutants, it represents a black woman who holds olive branches in one hand and a golden flame in the other.

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The monument also includes six seats arranged in a circle, coming from all continents to represent the humanist and peace values ​​of the Olympics. One of them (bottom left in the photo below) is inspired by an antique seat symbolizing the origin of the Olympic Games.

Entitled “Salon”, the work is intended to be a “space open to all, which promotes dialogue and allows meetings”explained the designer of the work, the American artist Alison Saar.

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Little known in France, Alison Saar has been interested in black female identity for 40 years. Her sculptures and installations, made from reclaimed and natural materials, incorporate elements from diverse African, African-American and Caribbean cultural traditions. In the United States, his works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum in New York and Lacma in Los Angeles.

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Born on February 5, 1956 in Los Angeles, the artist comes from a family of artists, her mother Betye Saar known for her assemblages dealing with racial and gender issues, and her father Richard Saar, of German origin, as ceramist and restorer of works of art. The Olympic sculpture for Paris is his first project in public space outside the United States.

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The work was created in workshops in Puy-de-Dôme, in central France, according to “his wish to have local production in order to support French craftsmanship and reduce the carbon footprint“, we can read in the press kit. Alison Sarr succeeds the Frenchman Xavier Veilhan who created a set of sculptures entitled “The Audience” (“The public”) for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


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