Ateliers d'Art de France

Antoine Brodin ©Aurélien Lambert
Antoine Brodin ©Aurélien Lambert


"Creating an exceptional work of art"

Glass artist Antoine Brodin was recently named winner of the third edition of the Work Award of the Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation for his Migration project.

The project

Antoine Brodin’s proposed monumental work Migration is an installation in the form of a boat-shaped skeleton, a carved masterpiece more than 4m in length, partly covered in white Fontainebleau sand (sand deposited by the Stampian Sea 35 million years ago, used to make glass).

The spectacular mashrabiya design gives observers the impression not only of the force of erosion but of the promise of a return to sand, to the ocean.

Regarding the symbolism of his project, Antoine Brodin says: “On a bend in a river or at the edge of a beach, lying on its side, is a boat, a cetacean’s skeleton that bears witness to the test of time or man’s neglect… a silent remnant.

Born of the analogy between the structure of a canoe and the skeleton of a marine mammal, this large boat-shaped sculpture takes us back to ancient times when everything seemed a mystery to us.

The wood or calcium has fossilised into precious stone that appears to have been worked by human hand or eroded over time, delicately, like glass lacework to which nature holds the secret.”

With the support of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation, the installation will be created over the next nine months, during which time Antoine Brodin will record his impressions in a log book. It will be possible to follow the creative process on the Foundation website from summer 2017.

At the end of the nine months, the work will be unveiled to the public in a symbolic location in 2018.

Artist profile

Antoine Brodin was introduced to painting and design by his aunt at the age of 13, which is when his passion for art took root. Since discovering glass-blowing in 2004, he has worked in Montreal, Nancy, Venice, Tokyo and Paris.

Through his sculptures, he attempts to break free from pure glass-blowing techniques, in particular by creating abrasion through sandblasting.

Like a tightrope walker searching for our memories, he tries to find the anchor point of the ephemeral and of reason, visual haikus that take us back to a time when everything seemed mysterious.

Selection panel

Aude TAHON, textile designer, President of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation

Jean-François BOURLARD, ceramist, 1st winner of the Work Award

Dominique BREARD, stone mason and member of the Executive Board of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation

Gaëlle CORNUT, director of World Craft Council Belgium

Mireille COT-BEDIGIS, supervisor in charge of fine crafts at the Ecole Boulle

Anne DECONINCK, director of the Galerie Arcanes

Teddy TIBI, director of Art Absolument

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