The starting point of this project takes place in the singular history of Notre Dame de Bernay’s abbey church (Normandie, France).
Once deconsecrated after the French Revolution, the place turned to a corn warehouse to store the cereal harvests of surrounding lands. Throughout this function, the original choir was demolished and a brick facade in the style of a factory was built instead.
Its transformation and change of identity was at the source of our inspiration. Fascinated by the past of the place, we wished to recall a trace of this popular and commercial use while reintroducing the grain inside the abbey church.
SILO is a site specific and evolutive installation, reminding by its shape the agricultural tanks and grain storage.
Two geometrical forms composed the installation : A graphic and structural volume to which is suspended the grain silo designed as faceted mirror dodecagon.
As a step sideways, the corn contained in the silo is replaced by pop corn which sparsely flows away.