Olivier Mosset and Xavier Veilhan awarded in the competition for artistic intervention PLATEFORME 10

May 10, 2017

In the competition for artistic intervention on the state buildings of PLATEFORME 10, the jury awarded the prize to the artists Olivier Mosset (CH) and Xavier Veilhan (F) for their "Crocodile" project, a monumental painted metal sculpture inspired by the legendary locomotive.

Olivier Mosset et Xavier Veilhan, « Crocodile », aluminium, 17,6 x 3,4 x 3,7 mètres (simulation) Image © Vincent Germond

The "Crocodile", a legendary swiss locomotive brought back to life by Olivier Mosset and Xavier Veilhan


In the competition for artistic intervention on the state buildings of PLATEFORME 10, the jury awarded the prize to the artists Olivier Mosset (CH) and Xavier Veilhan (F) for their "Crocodile" project, a monumental painted metal sculpture inspired by the legendary locomotive The jury members were attracted by the iconic aspect of the proposal and its strong connection to the history of the site. The work will be produced to accompany the gradual opening of PLATEFORME 10 from 2019. "Crocodile" will be moved around the site to follow the progress of the project and the opening of the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (mcb-a), then the building that will house the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac.

The ten jury members met for two days and examined 16 projects for the selective tender competition for the production of an artistic intervention on the PLATEFORME 10 site. With a budget of 567'000 francs (for the competition organisation and the production of the artistic intervention), the competition was overseen by the State of Vaud department of buildings, heritage and logistics (SIPaL).

Following its deliberations, the almost unanimous jury named the "Crocodile" project, by artists Olivier Mosset and Xavier Veilhan, a monumental painted metal sculpture inspired directly by the iconic appearance of the locomotive "Ce 6/8II", nicknamed "Crocodile" for its distinctive shape and color. The sculpture was the result of the combined e orts of the two artists who had never worked together before. When they discovered that they had both been chosen to take part in the competition, they decided to join forces to propose a single project based on a hybrid version of each of their formal vocabularies and a common interest in mechanical objects.

The balance between art and architecture and between a reminder of the industrial era and an animal that is both familiar and almost prehistoric makes the sculpture iconic. To reinforce its expressive power, the artists propose to make it on a 1-to-1 scale in cast aluminium and sheet metalwork, painted in a dark green satin  nish.

When completed, "Crocodile" will be 18 metres long and will weigh approximately 5 tonnes. Placed on the ground with no attachment point, the sculpture may be moved during the di erent construction phases.
The jury was aware of the quality of the collaboration between these two internationally-known artists in keeping with the PLATEFORME 10 spirit: individual artistic practice is given a new interpretation for the purposes of an ambitious joint project.

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