Nîmes: red cats and flocks of birds, a story of biodiversity in the streets until November - THECHOWANIECS.COM

Nîmes: red cats and flocks of birds, a story of biodiversity in the streets until November

Zoom on two of the street installations of the Expo de Ouf!, which kicks off this Saturday, August 08.

From rue Sully to Unîmes, 25 red cats, perched or not, lie in wait for their prey, stretch or observe the surroundings. Sometimes they come across a flock of ghostly birds, like at 58 Boulevard Gambetta. In the process of being installed for about ten days in the Richelieu and Gambetta districts, you may have wondered about these singular works.

Connect with residents

These are installations designed as part of the phew exhibition, which Laurent Kilani, artistic director, explains as follows: “we always try to mediate with the inhabitants of the neighborhoods, to bring life back and provoke discussions. Each time a cat is installed, two or three people come to talk to us”. As if to prove him right, a passer-by walking her dog asks about the nature of this agitation: “They are so beautiful! Can we buy some?”.

And many other people will ask this same question. “A few will be for sale after the exhibition”replies Vincent Teixeira, director of Spot, the organizing association of the Expo de Ouf!

At 58 Bd Gambetta, a cat longs for the birds that have flown away.

At 58 Bd Gambetta, a cat longs for the birds that have flown away.
Midi Libre – GG

Alert on the state of biodiversity

As for the flocks of birds, a work by the artist Marianne Villière, each stencil (free access to Spot and on the artist’s website) stamped with Meudon white on the glass surfaces of the districts, represents a species of bird. in danger of extinction. Bird populations have indeed fallen by nearly 30% in 30 years in France.

“The cat, which we all adore, is no stranger to the causes of these disappearances”, although the main causes remain climate change and pesticides. The clouds will soon adorn the windows of the Carré d’Art. Two facilities that respond to each other, also planned for a family treasure hunt to the delight of children. The first 50 to find the 25 cats and provide proof will receive a large-format Expo de Ouf! poster, look up!

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