24.08. ‘The Big Wave’ by Jean-Michel Othoniel is made of 10,000 black glass bricks
The Centre régional d’art contemporain (regional centre for contemporary art) in Sète, France presents a selection of Jean-Michel Othoniel’s previously unseen work until September 24th. At ground level, the exhibition begins with a monumental 6-meter-high, 15-meter-long wave comprising more than ten thousand black glass bricks.
The artist recounts his desire for a sculpture that was both monumental and fragile, following his trip to Japan and the terrible tsunami that struck Fukushima. Othoniel has been working on the installation for the last two years. It is supported by a skeleton framework within which each brick has been carefully placed in small groups of 40.
Othoniel was also the first artist chosen in over 300 years to create a new permanent sculptural fountain in the gardens of the Château de Versailles.