Thierry Dufourmantelle’s Cascade is a major work in the Collection. The suspensions suggest the movement of a waterfall. Poetry and lightness… all in concrete and steel.
“The poetic universe that is mine today is situated between abstraction and figuration: it is a universe of evocation. There are strange architectures that evoke temples, castles, boats or primitive dwellings.” (Extract from the catalogue Thierry Dufourmantelle – Sculptures – May 2011)
The sculptor Thierry Dufourmantelle certainly owes his passion for the science of materials to his first training as an architect. During a residency at Casa Vélasquez in 1986, he began to develop the technique of partitioned cement: evocative shapes, such as crescents or flints, are cast in cement, held together by welded steel bars. Their surfaces are treated with pigmented coatings before being sanded. These subtly modelled elements are suspended from a rigid structure by metal rods, thus tracing a pattern in space.
In La Cascade, the sensation of movement suggested by this device is further accentuated by the gradual descent of the shapes. Made of iron and cement, the drops of strange shapes that we sometimes think we recognise cascade down. They remain suspended in space on metal rods, like puppets locked in their cages waiting for the performance. Everything is motionless, silent, the masses heavy, and the counterpoint, at the top, of curved, slender lines, but one nevertheless has the sensation of a movement that the gradual descent of the forms accentuates.