Agam’s Tente sculpture restored in France
Tente, Yaacov Agam’s monumental sculpture installed outside the Mirande building at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, was recently renovated and re-set as part of a large-scale “Innovative Campus” project that began at the university in 2009. The building is home to the university’s science and technology program.
Originally created in 1974, the 46-by-23-foot tubular stainless steel structure had been awaiting restoration since 2002, according to the university’s website.
Agam sent Park West Gallery’s founder and CEO Albert Scaglione this photo in July 2014.
Tente is made with five tubular structures that come together at the top, each on a fixed axis mounted on a platform.
By its appearance and inclined cylinders, Tente can evoke a sundial or mobile compass sizes. They draw on the surface of the base in circular arcs. These themes with industrial material used, smooth and shiny stainless steel, allude to technology and science. Thus, Tente is directly related to the function of the building to which it is placed. The movement is linked to travel, visitor actions and the animation of the movable geometric structure. — University of Burgundy (translated)
The work of art is designed to welcome movement by viewers. Tente represents reality as a fragmentary tent image and its creation was influenced by the Kabbalistic thought that evokes the search for a new truth, according to the university’s website.
Learn more about Yaacov Agam.