Appel d’air [Breather]

Breather is a perennial, social and environmental artistic project that has accompanied the construction site of the Grand Paris Express since the launch of its first civil engineering site in Clamart on the 4th of June 2016, and until 2030 when the full network is open.

At the initiative of the architects Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti, each station of the Grand Paris Express will welcome on its forecourt a “landmark tree”: a Paulownia Tomentosa whose spectacular blooming will act as a recognition sign for the users.

Seizing this plant palette to better reveal it, the artist Thierry Boutonnier makes these “landmark trees” into “witness trees” that give back its place to the living and the plant realm in the territorial layout policies and involve the inhabitants in the transformation of the city.

The inhabitants of the cities where the future metro will stop are invited to participate in this artistic and citizen project, by adopting these 68 trees, that will grow in the Vive les Groues nursery in Nanterre, owned by Yes We Camp and its partners (TN+, ABCD culture and BVAU), under the close care of a nomadic nurseryman. They will also welcome an echo tree, a cutting of their witness tress. Combining their energies and their breath with those of the trees, the witness inhabitants will participate, in the urban nursery Appel d’air [Breather], in the care of the trees, with moments of sharing, learning and conviviality.

As the witness trees will gradually be implemented in the stations, the echo trees will take their place, transforming the nursery into a perennial forest, a collective memory of the construction of the Grand Paris Express.

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