19 January 2022
The Weekly

Until 20 February, customers visiting Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche will encounter two giant icebergs hanging from the ceiling. Envisioned by contemporary Turkish artist Mehmet Ali Uysal and titled SU, the installation takes over the store’s atrium, creating an urgent call on global warming. Famous for his large-scale installation, the artist continues with the store’s commitment to art, following the interventions of Prune Nourry, Nendo, MANA, Joana Vasconcelos, Leandro Elrich, Edoardo Tresoldi, Chiharu Shiota and Ai Weiwei.

Visitors will first encounter the windows facing Rue de Sèvres and which evoke the melting of the glaciers. Once, inside the atrium, the two massive icebergs hanging from the ceiling suggest the place has been submerged completely underwater. Made of a silver fabric, the two structures measure over 2 meters in length and echo the melting ice in our glaciers.

The third and final part of the installation sees a 17-meter by 8-meter white boat, shaped like the paper boats we made as children — somehow like Noah’s ark — which exudes hope.