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Pierre Sabatier
PAIR OF PROTOTYPE 'TUMULUS DOTS' WALL PANELS, DESIGNED FOR AXA TOWER, LA DÉFENSE, PARIS
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Pierre Sabatier
PAIR OF PROTOTYPE 'TUMULUS DOTS' WALL PANELS, DESIGNED FOR AXA TOWER, LA DÉFENSE, PARIS
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Pierre Sabatier
PAIR OF PROTOTYPE 'TUMULUS DOTS' WALL PANELS, DESIGNED FOR AXA TOWER, LA DÉFENSE, PARIS
hammered brass with applied pewter and precious metal
each: 200 x 91.5 x 4.5 cm (78  3/4  x 36  x 1  3/4  in.)
1975
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Provenance

From the family of the artist

Catalogue Note

Sculptor Pierre Sabatier`s iron pieces emerged from large plates of beaten and treated metals in the 1950s. Empowered by architects, such as Le Corbusier, in addition to the 1% state-funded monument and installation work for Architecture in France that had recently been launched, he produced an array of work ranging from screen doors, walls and partitions to installations and sculptures very often commissioned for halls, schools and banks with a timeless artistic hand. Veronique Sabatier, the sculptor’s daughter recalls: “My father’s enthusiasm would carry us away on his journey. A time journey into the infinity of space, time and matter”.

Forging a very otherworldly skin-like or patterned shell, Pierre Sabatier produced the two panels in silver and tin on pressed brass. By way of polishing, beating and coating, the two metal canvases bear the marks of a process generating repeated industrial dents that produce a powerful collision between the man-made and the scale-less landscapes of Sabatier’s favoured material. The imposing pair were produced for the AXA Tower in Paris, France and underline the contrast between the primal mineral nature of the metals in use and the way in which the artist wished to reveal their constant and multiple shifting states.

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