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"The Solitary of tides"

Jean-Francois Aillet has invited 7,000 people from every part of the world to collect as many samples of sand from 7,000 beaches. A major portion of the sand collected will be merged into a large sculpture called «Solitary of tides». It will be placed at the top of his project: «Le Solitaire … des marées». This unique monument will be erected in a designated public place in the future.

 

The artist Jean-Francois Aillet invites you to collect your sample from: a moraine, next to a waterfall, beside a river, along the shore of a lake or a stream, a desert, the border of an ocean. An exception, sands from a construction site are not involved. Please, join to your sample a photo, taken while pouring the sand into the little container. Yet, Jean-François Aillet has received 1650 samples. Everybody is welcome to participate at his project.

 

Safeguarding the memory of our coastline and beaches
His goal is to collect 7,000 different sands from around the world. Why 7,000? Because it represents 100 beaches bordering the 70 seas registered by the IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) around the planet. This sculptor from Normandy has begun a pilgrimage along the coastline to explain his project.
If you want to contribute to this exciting project, kindly send the sand collected and a photo of you collecting it to :
 

Jean-Francois Aillet

10 Allée des Tilleuls

F-14860 Amfréville / Normandie

FRANCE

Europe

 

Phone : 0033(0)643 128 229

e-mail : aillet@aillet.com

 

 

«Le solitaire… des marées»
(The Solitary of tides),
a glass and water sculpture.

The artist intends to create «Le solitaire… des marées» (the solitary of tides), a 15-meters high glass and water sculpture resting on a 2,500 m² plane surface elaborated with the 7,000 types of sand collected around the world.

This sort of totem pole is covered with glass plates arranged in a way that makes a reflection of light on the work at any time of the day, a coloured liquid moves up and down with the tides. For this project, the visionary architect has designed a calculator and a pump to recreate life-size tides every day while the tip of the pole would record the mark of the highest tide of the current lunar cycle.

The project is ambitious and he invites the public to choose a beach and to collect half a liter of sand, without forgetting to take a photo of them collecting it. «Tell me who you are, tell me the history of the place where you have collected the sand and send all of this to me by post», says the artist. Since 2005, more than 1650 sands have been sent to him from around the planet. From Easter Island to Finland, through Australia, Bolivia and Peru. And even from the Utah desert, where five astronauts and scientists from the European Space Agency who were undergoing training for the project to establish an inhabited station on Mars took the time to send him some sand. The essence of the project itself is to encourage participation from around the world. «My objective is to create a place regrouping sand from seas all around the world. At a time when ocean water levels are rising, some sands will be disappearing. My intention is to create a library of raw materials so as to create a universal heritage for future generations.»

A heritage library of the sands of our planet

The various types of sand collected will be stored in a place which will be opened to the general public, who will be able to watch the collection as it grows and admire the immense hundred-meter fresco made of the photos of the sand collectors from the world over!

A Philosopher’s Prism with 7,000 Different Sands

However rest is not on the agenda for tireless creator Jean-François Aillet as is already working on another, also amazing project called «Le Solitaire... des marées». He will be collecting 7,000 sands from the beaches of the 70 known seas on our planet’s surface, mix them and heat them to over 2,000°C to create a glass plate. «A diamond» will be cut from the glass plate and positionned on the summit of the «Solitaire... des marées». My goal is to recreate artificially the cycle of the tides and their dynamics. During night tides, a laser beam from the base of the structure will hit the diamond, a sort of philosopher’s prism». Here too, several technological challenges will have to be met to achieve another highly symbolic work by a man who has kept the ability to be enthusiastic.

To contribute your grain of sand to this ambitious project,
kindly send the sand collected and a photo of you collecting it to :

Jean-François Aillet
10 Allée des Tilleuls,
14860 Amfréville
Normandie / France

 

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