Installation View, La Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, 2011
La Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète
Boussan, France (2011)

Curated by Suzanne and Claude Légé

Château d'eau continues the investigations into connections between decorative arts, architecture and social space. In developing this purpose-built, patterned sculpture for La Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, in Boussan, France, several factors, historical, poetic, and environmental, were important. Specifically, the house's history as a "spa" or bath was taken up, and that reference was brought together with an acknowledgement of the site's present use as a museum dedicated to a collection of tiles and earthenware vessels produced by hand in the surrounding region in the 18th and 19th centuries. In doing so, the project alluded to the tower that is a predominant architectural feature of a building, while also taking an environmentally-inflected interest in the ubiquitous water towers that dot the local region.