Internationally renowned Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata sets up an open-air Collective Folie (Collective Folly) in the Parc de la Villette. In doing so, the artist strangely echoes the famous red folies of Bernard Tschumi, which are “permanent residents” of the park. Tadashi Kawamata’s gigantic wooden tower (21 meters high) will be built collectively during workshop sessions with the help of the public, and then also collectively destroyed (previous reservation is necessary to participate in the workshops, Kawamata’s projects always create a huge sensation wherever the artist settles his ephemeral wooden constructions (like previously in Paris, or Bordeaux). The Collective Folly will be in constant evolution between the months of April and August, forever uncompleted and always changing. Opened to visitors on week-ends from the 1st of June, the tower will offer from its heights a new view on the surrounding park’s landscapes. Once desmantled, the wooden beams of the tower will be given to Emmaüs Gironde in order to be recycled and to live a new life of their own.



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