is unique because of its concept and its dimensions.
is a monumental art installation on a High Voltage 225 000 volts of
line "Amnéville -
Montois" France. Four high-tension towers and 1.5 kilometers of
the line are transformed into works of art.
Sizes: 34 meters heigh, 1255
meters long, 28 meters wide.
Stay cables and tubes of stainless steel over four high-voltage pylons
line carrying electricity 225 000 voltes.
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
No. 10, "Source - light" - height 28m.
No. 11, "Source - water - height
No. 12, "Source - energy -
Pylon No. 13, "Source -
and Spa Center - Amnéville les Thermes ( French Region of
Lorraine). Site visited by around 5 million tourists a year.
57 360 Amnéville les Thermes
Office of Amnéville: Phone: +33 3 87 70 10 40
Inaugurated: 17th February, 2004.
Calendar of events:
Two years of negotiations (2001-2003)
June 2003: signature of a convention confirming the
technical and financial responsibilities of both partners RTE and the
City of Amnéville.
18 months of study. Validations of technical solutions,
selection of materials and measuring the implications in terms of
sustainability of the installation and the resistance to degradation.
August - December 2003 - Construction supervised by RTE. The
towers have been repainted and equipped with stays who dressed them
from head to toe. Each
pylon is highlighted by monochrome lighting.
- Network Transmission of Electricity, France.
• The important actor
of Land Management whose network feeds throughout high and very high voltage.
• Corporate Citizenship listening to the communities that seeks to reconcile
public services and respect for the environment.
• RTE carries electricity between electricity suppliers (French and European)
and consumers, whether they are electricity distributors ( EDF and the local
distribution ) or eligible consumers - industrial sites directly connected to
transport network . With 100 000 km of lines between 63 000 and 400 000 volts
and 44 cross-border lines, the network managed by RTE is the largest in Europe.
RTE achieved a turnover of
million euros in 2002 and employs 8 000 people.
• Since 2006, the monumental
work "Source" is included in "The European archives of urban
• It is recognized by the Ministry of Culture as an important monument and
since 2008 it is open to the public on the "European Heritage Days".
• Guided tours are organized by the Tourist Office of Amneville in order to
present the artwork “Source” to the visitors.
• In 2009, the
"Source" is laureate of « Science and Technology in Art
» Competition, organized by SUPELEC within the
framework of the French Presidency of the European Union.
• The work is presented in many exhibitions, congresses, conferences in France
• "Source" has been edited: books, calendars, postcards.
It has been
cited by many articles in the regional, national and international press as
well as other media: TV, radio, internet.
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The website www.electric-art.eu introduce the creation of the artwork, its evolution, photographs, videos...
Photo pylons No. 10 and No. 11, aerial view - Tourist and Spa Center
in Amnéville les Thermes, France
page video "Source"
The Esplanade of the Tourist and Spa Center in
Amnéville les Thermes, France
Pylon No. 13 of the transmission line
"Amnéville - Montois", France
The artist Elena Paroucheva during the work