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La Grande Croix rouge

April 2008, Château de La Coste, La Coste, France

La Grande Croix rouge

April 2008, Château de La Coste, La Coste, France

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La Grande Croix rouge

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Château de La Coste, La Coste, France
4/26/08

Commissioned by the Château La Coste in 2008, Othoniel’s Grande Croix rouge (Large Red Cross) is a signpost that leads to Tadao Ando's concrete-and-glass structure, the château's Art Centre. Standing in front of that modernist building, it is a reminder of the large processional votive crosses carried in the Middle Ages.


In this monumental sculpture, Othoniel brings together several of his favorite themes: ritual, relics and the sacred. His blood-red, Murano-glass beads also refer to the early historical processions held in Jerusalem in memory of Christ's Passion.


With its smooth, seductive surfaces and formal simplicity, this bold, red-glass cross is a powerful response to Tadao Ando’s mininimalist architecture.

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