Silo — Commissioned by the
Fine Arts Museum of Bernay
The Fine Arts Museum of Bernay wished to highlight its architectural heritage through a contemporary re-reading.
The starting point of this carte blanche took place in the most emblematic building of the town, Notre-Dame de Bernay abbey church and related its singular history.
Once deconsecrated after the French Revolution, the edifice 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 a faceted mirror dodecagon.
As a step sideways, the corn contained in the silo is replaced by pop corn which sparsely flows away.