An Improvised Sculpture Revolutionizes the Hôtel de Ville

An Improvised Sculpture Revolutionizes the Hôtel de Ville

In the square of the Hôtel de Ville, an abstract sculptor has created an innovative work of art for all to enjoy. The sculptor, named Alain Kirili, has installed a never-before-seen piece of abstract art that stretches throughout the large square. Entitled, 'Rythmes d'automne' ('Autumn Rhythms'), this large-scale oeuvre is sure to impress both visitors and inhabitants of Paris. The best part about this installation is that it can be accessed for free by anyone who comes to the Hôtel de Ville, which is not very  far away from any one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens.

Kirili's work will be displayed from now until November 28, 2012. His sculptural piece is considered to be 'open,' not having a beginning or an end. Ninety cement elements twist through the impressive square that sits in front of the major Parisian monument. These elements were placed according to the artist's own improvised flow, not following a preconceived grill or pattern. Channeling the spontaneous methods of Jackson Pollack, Kirili did the improbable: he created an improvised stone sculpture. Appropriately, the artist named his work after the Pollock painting of the same title.

Beyond his inspirations in the art world, Kirili draws inspiration from writers, philosophers and even the city of Paris itself. He therefore encourages visitors to come and contemplate his work with a critical eye. 'Autumn Rhythms' is intended to be a sculpted meditation on Paris, a poem of stone and lightness that characterizes the city so well.

The square of the Hôtel de Ville was the location of the famous Paris Commune insurrection, and this makes it the ideal location for a piece of art that pays homage to resistance and revolution, as 'Autumn Rhythms' does.  This piece is the latest installment in a series that Alain Kirili began in 1980, when he revealed Commandment, a sculpture that is currently at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.