24 Lines

24 Lines2013

Sculptural and light installation

24 luminous lines hung to a rust scaffolding structure and programmed to different breathing behaviours made at La PANACEE art center in the city of Montpellier

24 Lines is an art installation serving as the entrance hall and café for the art centre La Panacée that opened 2013 in the middle of Montpellier city in France, on the site of the former Royal College of Medicine.

Comprising an oxidized metal structure, bichromated assembly collars, wood and flexible neon lights, 24 Lines is an original work of art, a luminous and organic sculpture, bordering the different areas and functions of the art centre as well as offering a friendly environment conducive to have, meeting, discussion or to seat down and eat.

To implement this monumental canopy incorporated by the building, we used bichromated assembly collars that, once coupled with the oxidized steel pipes, bestow the “crafted” structure with very unusual aesthetics that echo back to the pre-existing elements of the building for the benefit of visitors. The basic structure is covered with birch panels and punctuated with 24 flexible neon lights, the entire length of the forty-metre installation.

More than simply a source of light, this series of luminous lines modulates the atmosphere of the room and adapts to the rhythm and activities of the art centre, providing a luminous performance. The slower light sequences are reminiscent of an organic entity (murmurs, respiration…) whilst faster ones are more dynamic, or even mechanical (beats, crackling…).

Like when Les Grandes Tables on Ile Seguin was fitted out, 1024 partnered with Ciguë to provide the furniture. The Mullca 510 chair has been revamped by means of a leather seat and back and an oxidized metallic structure. The bases of the bar stools and tables have had oxidative treatment and the stools have bichromated screws.

24 Lines
Dimensions: 40 m x 8 m x 3.5m
Materials: oxidized steel, bichromated steel, wood, lighting, flexible neon lights

Project: 1024 architecture
Project management: 1024 / Alban Mallet
Local architect: Stéphanie Grimard

Photos: Brice Pelleschi

Structure – lighting – bar furniture: SIRC
Room furniture: Ciguë
Upholstery: Sidonie Lelièvre

La Panacée, centre for art and contemporary culture
Ville de Montpellier