La Fleur qui Marche - Fernand Leger
Project: 'La Fleur qui marche' sculpture erection and installation
Location: St Tropez, France
Engineer: Nicolas Sterling
'La Fleur qui marche' is a sculpture created by the modern artist Fernand Leger (1881 – 1955) a contemporary of Picasso.
Fernand Leger made various version of the sculpture in different size and materials. Four copies were made after Leger’s death from original sketches and prototypes prepared by the artist. In 2004 the last copy never erected was sold to a private collector and to be erected in South France. No knowledge has been transferred from the gallerist to the collector, and a specific research has been made to ensure the polychrome ceramic pieces could be assembled together and guarantee a long term installation in the collector outdoor park.
The study included an extensive research of the work of art, visit the original ceramist Brice in Biot, understanding the ceramic capacity and properties, and proposal for an erection sequence to local entrepreneur to put together the 12 different painted ceramic elements. The hollow ceramic structure required an infill with reinforced concrete as per other copies to be stabilised by concrete base. The work has been executed following those recommendation and contributed to Fernand Leger art heritage.