If most people saw 1200 chairs, they would likely think, "oh, we should stack them up," or "oh, we should line them up." But if you're Baptiste Debombourg, you think, "Let's turn them into a roller coaster." And so he did. Known for taking ordinary items and transforming them into something completely different, Debombourg installed "Stellar" in the Place Du Bouffay, a public square in Nantes, France, using the same chairs placed by cafes around the square.
Also known for creating sculptures out of staples, a plastic bag covered in 24 karat gold, mirrors, feathers, and many other items, Debombourg says, “sculptural work is generally part of a contextual approach, and I operate in a space with materials chosen specifically for it.”
Debombourg’s sculpture is part of the Nantes cultural program, running through August, throughout which different artists “take over” various public spaces around town.
Images via Galerie Patricia Dorfmann