Anne et Patrick Poirier
Construction and plaster casting on wood base, 54 × 244 × 244 cm
This plaster model, created by artists Anne and Patrick Poirier, is inspired by the Villa Adriana in Tivoli, Italy. It is part of the Lost Archetypes series begun in 1979 at Harvard University, in Massachusetts, which includes other projects linked to this famous remnant of Antiquity. Le Temple aux cent colonnes offers a comprehensive view of ancient ruins and a unique understanding of the traces of lived experience. Through a reduction of scale, the artists appropriate the vestiges of ancient architecture to develop a new creation they call “parallel archeology”, or “mental architecture.” The piece represents a temple that has been exhumed from the depths of the spirit, with its harmonious composition and play of irregular volumes made of blinding white plaster, a material which, according to the artists, is symbolic of the rational mind. The work juxtaposes notions of the ruin and of utopia, of order and chaos, of the past and the future.