Monolithe, inextricable artificial nature


Fabien Léaustic’s “Monolithe” is a monolith hosting the biotope of a phytoplankton growing outside water and producing oxygen, which affects the visitor’s environment. It’s living artwork, with a recognisable symbolic form, open to interpretations, and with a structurally modified ecosystem, namely for the good. There’s a clear tension in the work: the monolithic form of the work is preponderant towards the viewers, imposing its presence in the space: its saving biological nature, visually testified by the growing intensity of its colour are mitigating the preponderance towards a supportive one. The combination of its natural and artificial elements is almost inextricable and its living nature encourages the viewer to just accept it. Furthermore, as for every work of this kind, it strikingly poses the question of the lasting of such artworks, which is just another open question, generated by our ability to freely build on very complex systems. (photo credit: Juan Cruz Ibanez)


Fabien Léaustic – Monolithe