Issoudon

Marin Kasimir

Town Hall

Marin Kasimir’s most recent public sculpture, La Place des Miroirs (The place of mirrors, 1994), is at once a summation of much of his work of the past ten years and a bold new development, recontextualizing familiar elements. Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture as a project to be situated outside the new Town Hall in Issoudun, it succeeds where many works of public sculpture fail as it is perfectly integrated into its surroundings through its choice of materials and its invitation to the public to experience it physically. It also, however, questions some basic assumptions about public sculpture, resisting simple integration into an esthetic whole.

The work is constructed as a kind of labyrinth, made of mirrors, glass, metal, and anthropomorphic letters. The latter element is a perfect indication of how Kasimir makes the viewer an active part of the work. The letters themselves

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