Street Art: L’horloge de Saint Lazare

by Anna Blanch on August 10, 2010

The sculpture is entitled “L’heure pour tous” or “Time for all” in English, and is by Arman.

The idea is that when you look at a clock on the side, you can not see the time! Except, of course, at the Gare Saint Lazare in Paris. I’m fascinated by the way that the birds have defecated all over the sculpture and people have stuffed MacDonald packaging into the spaces between the clocks and this literally adds an additional layer to the piece. The pigeon is ubiquitous here in Paris.

Arman was a French Artist, who lived much of his adult life in the United States. Born Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice, France, Arman is a painter who moved from using the objects as paintbrushes (“allures d’objet”) to using them as the painting itself. He is best known for his “accumulations” and destruction/recomposition of objects. After Arman death in New York in 2005, part of his ashes were brought back and buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris in 2008.

I’m planning on visiting Père Lachaise in the next week!

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