Fabrice Hyber – The 30 years of the Man of Bessines

Paris ·

05.04.22 → 30.06.22

Fabrice Hyber celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Man of Bessines at the Palais-Royal, Paris with the CMN (Centre des Monuments Nationaux).

The Man of Bessines is a public commission initiated in 1991 in Bessines near Niort in Deux Dèvres. Since then, these small anthropomorphic sculptures whose 11 body orifices spit water have invaded cities in France and abroad.

For their 30th anniversary, they have taken over the Palais-Royal fountain in Paris.

“The Man of Bessines is a landmark. It signals the ecological commitment and responsibility of each person. He is us in the whole. For me, it is the man of the future, in the information, the flows permanently, and which speaks about our responsibility, our place in the public space.”
Fabrice Hyber

To continue celebrating their anniversary, this summer, a hundred or so Hommes de Bessines will invade three sites in Lille as part of the “Utopia” edition of Lille 3000.

Photo credits

Photos © Marc Domage


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