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Contemporary Art

Éloge du pas de côté ("Ode to sidestepping")

Philippe Ramette

Philippe Ramette’s work offers off-kilter and quirky perspectives on the world. Returning to the codes of classical sculpture, Philippe Ramette has created a set of two Éloges (“Odes”) that can be found throughout Nantes (place du Bouffay & cours Cambronne).

Philippe Ramette’s work offers off-kilter and quirky perspectives on the world. Returning to the codes of classical sculpture, he has created a set of two Éloges (“Odes”) that can be found throughout Nantes. This series of Éloges does not pay tribute to the glory of a man, but to an attitude. In the city square of Place du Bouffay, Éloge du pas de côté (“Ode to Sidestepping”) is a monumental bronze sculpture representing a man in a suit who bears a strong resemblance to the artist, looking out at the horizon. Only one foot stands on the pedestal while the other dangles mid-air. The sculpture thus becomes an allegory of sidestepping and pays tribute to the audacity of a city and its close commitment to culture.

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Place du Bouffay
44000 Nantes

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