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Source, monumental installation

Art pylons by Elena Paroucheva

Save Source artwork By: Save Source artwork Committee, France

1) The work of art: "Source" monumental installation ( ) The artwork "Source" is unique because of its concept and its dimensions. It is a monumental art installation on a 225 000 volts High Voltage power line "Amnéville - Montois" France. Four high-tension towers and 1.5 kilometers of the line are transformed into works of art. “Source” is included in the INCCA register and is in the European archives of urban public space. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Culture as an important monument and since 2008 it has been open to the public during the European Heritage Days. The work is presented in many exhibitions, congresses, conferences in France and abroad as an example of industrial patrimony transformed into cultural legacy. Sizes: 34 meters high, 1255 meters long, 28 meters wide. Weight: 28 tons. Technical medium: Stay cables and tubes of stainless steel over four high-voltage pylons on the line carrying electricity. Materials used: 3 284m of steel cable, 2 708m of stays, 525m of plastic canvas, 576m of stainless steel tubes, 384 fixations, 40 lighting projectors controlled by satellite. Location: Tourist and Spa Center - Amnéville les Thermes Esplanade site 57 360 Amnéville les Thermes – France Site visited by around 5 million tourists a year. Contact: Tourist Office of Amnéville: Phone: +33 3 87 70 10 40 Inaugurated: February 17th, 2004. Artist: Elena Paroucheva – Environmental artist Sponsor and management: RTE - Network Transmission of Electricity, France.

2) The situation in 2017 Request and negotiations for the dismantling and destruction of Source artwork. The Mayor of Amnéville les Thermes (France) negotiates the removal of the power line that crosses a thermal and tourist site. This request is addressed to RTE. The author, the artist E. Paroucheva should be informed, which he is not. According to the contract between RTE and the artist for the realization of "Source" in 2003, the installation has a lifetime as much as its support (the 4 high voltage pylons). Legally speaking they may have the right to destroy the work, but it is protected by copyright and is recognized worldwide.

3) Call from the Save Source artwork Committee - Online petition and invitation to join the committee - to the general public and all organizations (foundations, museums, associations ...) - Proposal of the theme to debates, symposiums, discussions, conferences - Request for logistical assistance, support for the process of safeguarding the artwork - Financing - sale of drawings, models, boards, photos of the artist - Archive and references - In case of disappearance of Source artwork, archived and referenced - Organization of events in Amneville, manifestations, date, participants - Search for a new place of reception - if dismounting, to mount the installation in another places, a foundation, museum, public place ...

4) Membership Form in the Save Source artwork Committee Contact: Committee Chair P. Boningre: Phone +33 677 55 08 43 E'mail: The artist : Elena Paroucheva : Website:

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