"source" a monumental artwork
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CIGRE Brings the World, and Art,
CIGRE (Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques or the
International Council on Large Electric Systems) is a permanent international,
non-government, not-for-profit association founded in France in 1921. These
days, it’s one of the largest electric organizations in the world with members
in over 80 countries.
Thousands of those members
gathered in Paris Aug. 25-29 for CIGRE’s biennial conference and technical
In-depth discussions about transmission abounded, of course, at CIGRE,
but meetings and a floor full of technical exhibitors didn’t represent all
CIGRE had to offer. They also featured a companion art exhibit, “Networks into
Artworks,” by Elena Paroucheva.
Her projects aim at emphasizing power networks rather than hiding them.
The small gallery in conjunction with CIGRE’s Session 42 was but a taste of
Paroucheva’s electricity-themed art.
Between the sessions, the floor and the colorful gallery of Paroucheva’s
pieces, CIGRE Session 42 stimulated the intellectual, business and creative
DAVIS, senior editor,
« T§D » USA
Networks into Artworks
have sowed in their path man made constructions but unwanted – Pylons, lighting
poles, antennas, bridges, wind turbines, towers. My artistic approach in the
environment is inspired by the visible and the invisible (the pylon, energy
carrier, is visible, but the energy that goes through the cables is invisible,
the antennas are visible, but radio waves are invisible.
From this inspiration, I chose the name of "High Tension" for
my sculptures and my installations and “Electric Art” to my artistic path. In the
first stage of creation, I must forget that the buildings are metal
"giants" and not think about the technical, climatic, electrical,
mechanical constraints… giving free rein to the imagination.
Paroucheva, INDIA POWER Magazine, INDIA
European Heritage Days
The Tourist Office of
Amnéville joins European Heritage Days in organizing a particularly original
tour entitled “The high fashion under high
Lorraine » newspaper
years after their opening in the free time area of Amnéville (Moselle, France),
the artworks carried by the 220,000-volt line Amnéville - Montois, invite each
other in "European Heritage Days" ...
« La Dépêche »
Art, Energy and Environment
It happened something similar to the case of
Eiffel Tower, the main goal of origin is the wireless and radio signals (and,
today, television, laser and other signals) a technological solution that is
aesthetic and cultural symbol of the new technological era and the city of
The four pillars of power transmission Amnéville are a great artistic
metamorphosis. They became symbols of the health of the city, and more than
that, the greatest monument to our technological achievements of the past
A historic solution example, unique role in the urban environment of the
structures of power systems.
Supply systems and energy transfer over long distances are the source of
inspiration and artistic imagination of Elena Paroucheva using the latest
technology and materials to create his works.
It is not surprising that his sculptures Paroucheva innovative Elena meddling
in the history of art and electricity.
« HEP Vjesnik » CROATIA
Four towers dressed
up in lighting
Bulgarian visual artist, Elena Paroucheva signed her monumental work which
takes its inspiration from the local culture. Its symbol marries the artwork
with the history of steel, the crucible of the industrial Lorraine. It also
celebrates the reunion between providential water and well-being, a source of
rejuvenation for the new Amnéville… Elena composed reality by playing on the
transparency, colour, and fluidity. And her interpretation of elegance confer these heavy carcasses, an
incredible lightness. Suddenly, the metamorphose springs into the
imaginary land, four imaginary creatures enrobed in light, working together to
illuminate the horizon like raining stars.
Philippe BOSSUS "TERRAIN"
Elena's artwork "Source” is
a unique work in France. The High Voltage Sculptures metamorphose into dreamy creatures dressed in illuminated
The electric fairy
Art in the street
A remarkable work, an out of the ordinary approach: to bring elegance
and lightness to imposing metal carcasses.
The artist’s imagination permitted Ameneville’s hill to become the runway where
the immobile giants gave their fashion show.
Here the notion of conserving the patrimonial heritage is central. Badly perceived by the public, but a symbol of our
times, crowning the steel and concrete, these pylons are kept but transformed
to keep a trace and memory.
They are completely transformed into beautiful women dressed in illuminated
gowns while their siblings on a medium term basis will disappear from the
Symbols of water, energy,
The pylons become the heart of a monumental sculpture.
A nice surprise that this
unusual and seductive beautification of the patrimony, sometimes, and with
Fabien CORBINAUD, "SKY
Circle of ideas for the
development of the free areas
The electricity pylons
in artistic source
Who would have thought?
A high voltage electricity pylon can become a work of art. In any case, the bet
attempted was succeeded at the tourist and spa center of Amnéville.
Visitors can discover four
towers that symbolize a silhouette. "Source" is the name given to the
work of art based on these pylons. Its creation is tantamount to the artist,
Elena Paroucheva, whose project was selected by RTE (Electricity Transmission
Network of France) The project has been accepted by the municipalities
concerned - Amnéville, Hagondange and Marange-Silvange.
The artistic aspect is
undeniable, a work of art which is modern and unique.
J.P.R. "Republican Lorraine"
Monumental and light
sculptures are appealing, and at the same time monumental and airy, they
play with grace and charm with the landscape.
Helena KELMACHTER, Curator - Cartier Foundation for
Contemporary Art, Paris
The triumph of Elena
in the world wide art scene
Bulgarian artist enchanted Europe with her art “High Tension”. She launches
into a unique voice in art – to transform metallic constructions of high
tension lings into artworks.
pinnacle in her project is the "Source", the monumental installation
done together with RTE, France...
« Delnik » Newspaper
electricity fairy sheds into an
illuminated young ladies
What a challenge for an
artist to meet face to face these four supports (electric towers) each weighing 6.8 tonnes and reaching a maximum
height of 34 metres. To carry out her artistic work, Elena Paroucheva first conducted a thorough reflection
on the city's history, to propose "a particular work for a particular city”.
the name given to the project, in this way entered into the history of art and electricity as a unique
work in the French territory.
Delphine PAYAN, "Le Republicain
To the donors of light
To the donors and to the
researchers of light, to the person who is in search of transformation, Elena's "elements
" transpose trace of man in a moment of sharing to a vision of light and space.
What man has done, the
artist transforms. Of these immobile giants, Elena was able to extract
aesthetic and grace, giving them an identity and a history.
The light passes, it permits the existence of the work, the light makes the emptiness vibrate, the emptiness
that gives existence to life. In a journey of colour between interlacing and cables, the light does
cut outs, the image is
created for every traveller that passes by accompanied by his imagination, his desire to
« Art’Touch » President
The city in the energy
RTE replaces the
trellised pylons with tubular towers over the past
decade. The minimum congestion on the ground and invisibility in the
landscape are sought after, pending a hypothetical funeral for the
highest voltages. The fairy electricity
remains, however, very present in everyday life: a source of light,
comfort in families; an auxiliary which is indispensable for multiple
professional gestures. Even when energy is renewed, it is very often an
electricity which is converted in order to become usable. An energy
transition is necessary to
reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The electricity fairy will
How to translate this idea into a picture? Where to find a contemporary
artistic work with a message similar to
that of Raoul Dufy, which was produced in
1937 with "The Fairy Electricity" the largest picture
in the world, today exhibited at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris , a room specifically dedicated for
such a work?
While seeking the image of the cover of
issue 104 in the journal “Les Annales de la
entitled "The City in the energy transition," I met the people-pylons of Elena Paroucheva. Instead of trying
in vain to blend into the landscape, the pylons become
human, each one distinguishing
itself from the other, conversing with each other, presenting like ornaments, light and joy. This work expresses
the concern of an artist confronted with the
possible disappearance of a founding element in our material civilization.
The experimentation that took place in Amnéville indicates another possible
treatment of the connection between pylon-landscape: pylons located, invested by a singular artistic projects.
Anne QUERRIEN"Les Annales de la
Immaterial Presence –
sculptures permit the gaze to casually cut up the spaces.
Lines and traits, they do not describe the matter but indicated what it could be.
as much the purification of cathedrals as well as the electricity network, one conveying the
strength of the idea and the other the megawatts of energy. Immaterial presence, but a unquestionable presence.
Finally the metaphor
asserts itself with electronic circuit, higher than the neuronal
personal network, and higher still the impalpable meshes that connect
between all members of society.
If such of a sculptures brings to mind an acrobat, it’s because each connecting point of small metal rods is reminiscent
of an acrobat, and then, all together they become
Patrice Grell "ARPAGEM"
High-tension towers in works of art
discovering the presentation of this work, at the beginning I was put
off by the title. Despite the
extreme brutality with which some of them are located, I like these
towers, I have admired them since childhood. In their relative variety,
they always say
beautifully and triumphantly their function and the manner in which
this. These are objects
that "speak truth", their triumphant side, In my opinion is the real
reason for their massive
rejection. Transforming these objects of great quality into a work of
art? It is condemnation of obsolescence! Like a mine car loaded
taking into account the fact that the technique does not wait for the
artist to condemn these huge walkers all in lines, I find this
experience full of
interest. Elena Paroucheva makes visible what most of us did not see or
did not want to see. She
all the details an
exemplary relationship with
its trading partners. I have no doubt that this experience
participating in an evolution of the gaze
and it’s importance by one over the others. This process that
functions here on a principle of recycling an object at the
end of life could inspire collaborations around objects in the making.
the purely artistic field, it is remarkable and symbolic that Elena
Paroucheva found herself restrained to materialize her idea, to make additions to the existing and never
ablation. I await with interest the next part of story.
Bruno Maillard "Public Design"
The big carcasses in dress of ball
It must be said that no one had not prepared to
assume what we could do, these pylons while scrap formidable foodstuff for rust
trap propellers and other objects ULMistes. Such huge perches for cables so
small, just right to serve as a repository of clouds of birds on their long
migratory journey. Of course the energy that flows along these cables allows me
to warm up my morning coffee. But anyway! I would have preferred that the genius
of man we find another way to make the move, this energy that we say vital. Yes!
Shame on me to have both despised these witnesses to our industrious eras, these
hideous skeletons of the fairy electricity.
Élèna Paroucheva and its
facilities are living proof of the capacity of the human species to adapt to his
soul things that his mind had little inventive the unfortunate idea to sow on
its way and in our campaigns, when it is not to our own doors. Dress ball or
rain money, dancer or flower, man or woman, mast Élèna are all "characters" arm
which I have the uncontrollable desire to go through the fields, legs which I
would like to climb go see everything up there what goes through their head,
make me smallest yet to tickle the underside of the feet, and a laugh accomplice
expect a whole big dreams… For me ever these large carcasses will be bare, and I
would almost Élèna Paroucheva to make them indispensable to my walks, when I
wished for a long time burying all electrical cables.
thank you, Elena.
Dominique Boucher "Major Art"
When pylons of high voltage get ready in a parade of haute
Elena adds his artist looking for dress coats doors
giants 7 tonnes and 34m high. It puts his talents as an artist in the service of
She thought give added value to its huge pylons of
high-voltage lines through their transformation. The giant sculptures for the
eyes is an idea that can only please and will certainly grow over time.
Jean-Louis Benoit "Pressadom"
towers into artworks
Instead of supplying electricity to the city
Amnéville Montois lines by the French company RTE decided in 2002 to highlight
the 4 existing towers are transformed into works of art.
It is the artist Elena Paroucheva, originally the concept of integration of
pylons in the environment, which made the design of 4 towers, in collaboration
with RTE. The basic idea was to use the towers as body, and dress with a
transparent dress through which we see the contours of the metal structure.
The dress is made with stainless steel wire covered by a membrane (50 mm) and
the decorative strips (70 mm) long 3 to 6 m for the body.
Buitink Technology has made the 4 "dresses", also dealing steel
structures and installation. As it was very difficult to move the steel cables,
Buitink Technology has specially developed a system of control of voltage level
suitable for the pylons.
Buitink Technology, Nederland
Menhirs, cathedrals and electric towers
there were Amnéville-les-Thermes, Moselle, who spent four pylons in the middle
of the site and thermal tourism. Since December 2003, occupy a place their four
to rope up giant steel, dressed in long colorful dresses.
Elena Paroucheva, responsible for this transformation is very pleased: "We
are so accustomed to these structures that we will see more. An artist looks at
the world with a different eye. For me, the towers are major characters passing
A vision that she kept in a corner of his head until the reading in the press,
an article announcing the demise of airlines for 2035. "For me it was a
click. Although since then, in talking with technicians RTE, I learned that
airlines would still be present for a long time. At the time, in 1998, so I
started making models and drawings. "
Presenting his case with RTE, Elena holds the attention of executive manager of
the electrical French grid. His sketches are sent to the regions. A few months
later, the responsible leadership of the East contacted him to talk about the
case of Amnéville-les-Thermes. This very common tourist site thermal known
throughout Europe, has a very high voltage line sighted. Unable to bury this
line was problematic. The artist proposes several ideas in the context of a
competition for the development of this line. It is the installation
"Source" is chosen, a device guy - steel cables wrapped ductwork
colors, which drape the pylons. "Everything has been calculated with
engineers TEN East, which have verified the wind, weight and tension cables, to
ensure that this poses no problem at the pylon. In light by night, the guy have
a life span equal to the pylon.
Elena Paroucheva, happy to have this project, sees a
message to the public as to business leaders.
"The structures utilities may become attractive,
pleasant, if they are reviewed by an artist. These are the marks of our time,
as the menhirs or cathedrals that we appreciate or not. That is why I want to
magnify what is for me a symbol of our time. "
Frédéric Tourneur "URBIS"
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