Jean Jullien generates line-drawn sculptures for Nantes botanical gardens


The characteristically gangly doodles of French illustrator Jean Jullien come to life style as flat sculptures in Le Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France, as they playfully navigate the garden’s ponds and grounds.

The Nantes-born graphic designer has produced four substantial-scale installations for the botanical gardens, which contemplate the sort of outsized, colour-block figures drawn with his signature black line-sort.

In a single region of the gardens, the rubber-like, elongated arms of 3 figures interlock as they embrace a copse of trees, while in a additional place a character with rake-like hands scrapes the earth.

An eight metre-extended pink character floats on its back once again in a individual of the garden’s ponds, obtaining a bathtub and spitting drinking water, despite the fact that an orange figure out gleefully walks across the gardens as its extended locks constructed of tangled ivy path driving it.

Each single sculpture has been constructed in retaining with Jullien’s usually sketchy style, and is produced from each flat sheets of bent steel or polyurethane foam that have been coated with brilliant colors and outlined with black paint.

“The notion is to have very a couple of ranges of which signifies,” explained the artist, “a point which speaks to the onlookers straight but which then also lets them to finish for a minor even even though and take pleasure in the surroundings”.

The four artworks have been created as element of France’s Le Voyage à Nantes arts pageant, which typically requires spot every and each and every summer time months in the city and hosts a sequence of outside art installations and other sights these types of as Les Devices de L’ile.

The pageant, which is 1 specific of the couple of nonetheless obtaining spot this calendar year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held a thirty day period later on than usual, from eight August to 27 September 2020.

“The character of Le Voyage, which characteristics internet site guests the opportunity to uncover new functions of out of doors art by way of an inspiring walking itinerary by Nantes effortlessly enables internet site guests to socially distance exterior in the open up air, even even though generating the most of the very a couple of artworks and installations that have been commissioned in basic public locations in the course of the metropolis,” reported the organisers.

Other arts and layout activities this summer time season, which includes Art Basel and the Design Miami/Basel collectors fair, have been cancelled as a outcome of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Lots of festivals, obtaining stated that, have replaced their actual physical formats with digital kinds, like the Maison&Objet interior style and design truthful and Eindhoven’s Dutch Design and style Week.

Jullien’s installations are freely obtainable, introduced outdoors the residence in the gardens, which are open up from eight:30am proper till eight:00pm. They will be on viewpoint by means of the summer time months.

A identical sequence of sculptures by the artist had been presented at Ghent’s Dift Gallery in 2016 for a present titled Flat Out, which responded to the subject of laziness.

Just about each and every of the eight considerable-scale performs ended up created from sheets of bent steel coloured in lively hues and formed to resemble the outline of a person.