“Site transitoire”: a home in Crete senesi

“Site transitoire”, Jean-Paul Philippe, Crete senesi, Siena

In 1993, over twenty years ago now, Jean-Paul Philippe created a sculpture among the Crete senesi in Leonida, Asciano to convey the idea of a home as “site transitoire”, place of passage.

A window, a chair, a desk: that is how the French artist, born in 1944, defined his home in Siena.

In an effort to represent the three basic positions of human existence in space (people either sit, stand, or lie down), Philippe placed his stones and immediately realized “they defined in light and space the borders of a house, a residence with no walls and with an invisible threshold. Its roof was the sky.”

He created a permanent and temporary sculpture at the same time, an installation that lives in constant dialog with the nature surrounding it. After all, as Frank Lloyd Wright once said, No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.

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December 1, 2015

“Site transitoire”: a home in Crete senesi

Colle di Leonina, Asciano (Si)