Plongeon (Dive) (2019)

Intervention: Site specific artwork/ public artwork

Location: Under the bridge “Pont du Garigliano”, Quai Louis Blériot, 16th arrondissement, Paris, France

Date: “Plongeon (Dive)” was officially launched on the 29th of August 2019 and will remain on site

Materials: A mural of 3552 tiles in ceramic

Dimensions: 22.20m long x 3.60 m high

Commission: The City of Paris, as part of the open call “Embellir Paris”

Support: Mosa

Description: “Plongeon (Dive)“ is a modified, pixelated black and white image from an archival photograph of a swimmer diving into the Seine in 1922 (Source: Agence Rol. / Bibliothèque nationale de France). The work realised as a ceramic fresco evokes the history of a site where, at the beginning of the 20th cen- tury, swimmers were numerous, especially during the race “La Traversée de Paris à la nage (Swimming across Paris)” in 1905 which was a distance of 11.6 km, from the bridge “Pont National” to the bridge “Viaduc d’Auteuil” (currently Pont du Garigliano). Like an apparition of a hidden memory which suddenly arises, by an optical effect, “Plongeon (Dive)” creates a relation with the distance, the take off and the testimony of a lived past. This work was installed in 2019 as part of the Embellir Paris call for projects launched by the City of Paris (France)
to promote initiatives and projects to embellish some Parisian spaces.

Noemi Sjoberg © 2019