Les Hortillonnages en pli > Pierre-Alexandre Rémy, 2013
Placed on the surface of the water of the étang de Clermont, a strangely shaped metal crane spreads its wings. The bird – but is it really a bird ? – seems immobile in the middle of the water but attracts all gazes : with its fold, reflections and contrasts, the structure gives the feeling of movement, as if it were really trying to fly away. Far from being a wild imagining, its shape is in fact geographical : the artist Pierre-Alexandre Rémy in fact created this sculpture in reflective galvanised steel sheeting based on a precise topographical survey of the Hortillonnages. The cut-out metal shape is inspired by the complex network of canals, lakes and river which extends over the territory of the communes of Amiens, Rivery and Camon. So with its complexity, it pays homage to the richness of the location, a green oasis with many challenges, and in the same stroke presents its irreducible portrait, an evocation of a region which is both poetic and precise.