The artwork "Source"
is unique because of its concept and its dimensions. It is a monumental art installation on a 225 000 volts High Voltage power
line "Amnéville -
Montois" France. Four high-tension towers and 1.5 kilometers of
the line are transformed into works of art.
34 meters high, 1255 meters long,
28 meters wide.
Stay cables and tubes of stainless steel over four high-voltage pylons
line carrying electricity.
Materials used: 3
of steel cable, 2 708m of stays, 525m of plastic
canvas, 576m of stainless
steel tubes, 384 fixations, 40 lighting projectors controlled
Pylon No. 10, "Source - light" - height 28m.
Pylon No. 11, "Source - water" - height
Pylon No. 12, "Source - energy" -
Pylon No. 13, "Source - flame" -
Tourist and Spa Center - Amnéville les Thermes ( French
Lorraine). Site visited by around 5 million tourists a year.
57 360 Amnéville les Thermes
Tourist Office of Amnéville: Phone: +33 3 87 70 10
Inaugurated: February 17th, 2004.
Calendar of events:
• Two years of negotiations (2001-2003)
• June 2003: signature of a convention confirming the
technical and financial responsibilities of both partners RTE and the
City of Amnéville.
• 18 months of study. Validations of technical
selection of materials and measuring the implications in terms of
sustainability of the installation and the resistance to degradation.
• August - December 2003 - Construction supervised by RTE. The
towers have been repainted and equipped with stays who dressed them
from head to toe. Each
pylon is highlighted by monochrome lighting.
RTE - Network Transmission of Electricity, France.
• Important actor
of Land Management whose network feeds throughout high and very high
• Corporate Citizenship listening to the communities that
seeks to reconcile
public services and respect for the environment.
• RTE carries electricity between electricity suppliers
(French and European)
and consumers, whether they are electricity distributors (EDF and the
distribution) or eligible consumers - industrial sites directly
transport network . With 100 000 km of lines between 63 000 and 400 000
and 44 cross-border lines, the network managed by RTE is the largest in
RTE achieved a turnover of
million euros in 2002 and employs 8
Since 2006, the monumental
work "Source" has been included in "The European archives of urban
• It is recognized by the Ministry of Culture as an important
since 2008 it has been open to the public during the "European Heritage Days".
• Guided tours are organized by the Tourist Office of
Amneville in order to
present the artwork “Source” to the
"Source" is laureate of the Competition
Science and Technology in European Art
» , organized by SUPELEC within the
framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.
The work is presented in many exhibitions, congresses, conferences in
• "Source" has been edited: books, calendars, postcards. It
cited by many articles in the regional, national and international
well as other media (TV, radio, internet ...)
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