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Post by Katiedot Wed 25 Jul 2012, 18:46

Now, this is amazing. Thanks Henway for the find:

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A giant portrait of George Clooney made from Nespresso capsules

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The giant portrait of the American star was found in the parking lot of the Intermarché Réole (Gironde). A work on 8 of 9 meters, achieved with 25,000 capsules.

Everything starts there is one and a half. "I like to collect things I find and recycle them into art," said Axelle Lakli. Attracted by the form "aesthetic" of Nespresso capsules, she began to collect them without having clear idea of ​​what they become. It was during a discussion with his companion that the idea of ​​the portrait of the face of the brand, George Clooney, becomes evident.

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Problem: where to find enough empty pods? Initially, the artist creates a look of the actor with the capsules she kept. Without really believing it directly solicits the CEO of Nespresso, Richard Girardeau, Switzerland. It responds quickly, "much faster than what I expected! "She joked. The brand willingly accepts to play the role of patron, and to provide capsules. The marketing department of Paris is contacted, the store of Bordeaux clears.

There then follows a painstaking job: for one year, Axelle Lakli goes twice a week at Nespresso store, during the Quartermaster, to fill casks used capsules. "Mr. Vettorel, the head of the shop, really helped me, leaving me the store available. I had access to their recycling system, and I could move freely, while there were customers inside! "Says she.

Recovered, the capsules are then sorted in the basement of the artist. Only remain black. It will use 25,000 to create his work. Then they are cleaned, one by one, and finally they are dried in the attic. "They had to have some way to dry, so they will not rot. "

At the same time, the artist is working to trace the drawing. From a photo of George Clooney she pixelated, it calculates, measures, and track each of the locations of the capsules, "to the millimeter." Meanwhile, the 24 panels that will support are made entirely by hand: cutting, painting, sanding.

Retrieve and transform

Once the work is completed, where the exhibit? Because with its 9 meter high and about 8 wide, there are few places that can host it ... It's Dezon Philip, director of the Intermarket Réole, which proposes to act as sponsor in the opening doors of his car to the artist. Last Sunday, with Choupi, his companion and the first support, they load two trucks of 20 cubic meters. "We both struggled to install everything! "Jokes Axelle Lakli.

George Clooney is not the idol of Axelle Lakli, but his image allows him to express a message: the finding of a society "increasingly pixelated, where image is king" and a " unbridled consumerism. " However, it does not denounce: "I only see, I am no one to denigrate behavior that I take myself. "

Recovery is the last aspect that comes into account in the project: "With Nespresso, we really do share the idea of ​​things used to recover and give them a second wind. This is what I also enjoyed in this object, "said she.

Now, Axelle Lakli would find a place to exhibit his work, "for it to be seen by all."

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Un portrait géant de Georges Clooney tout en capsules Nespresso


Le portrait géant de la star américaine s'est retrouvé sur le parking de l'Intermarché à La Réole (Gironde). Une œuvre de 9 mètres sur 8, réalisée avec 25.000 capsules.

Tout commence il y a un an et demi. « J'aime bien accumuler des choses que je trouve et les recycler dans l'art », confie Axelle Lakli. Attirée par la forme « esthétique » des capsules Nespresso, elle se met à les collectionner sans avoir d'idée bien précise de ce qu'elles deviendront. C'est lors d'une discussion avec son compagnon que l'idée du portrait de l'égérie de la marque, Georges Clooney, devient évidente.

Problème : où trouver suffisamment de dosettes vides ? Dans un premier temps, l'artiste réalise un œil de l'acteur avec les capsules qu'elle a gardées. Sans trop y croire, elle sollicite directement le PDG de Nespresso, Richard Girardeau, en Suisse. Celui-ci lui répond rapidement, « bien plus rapidement que ce à quoi je m'attendais ! », plaisante-t-elle. La marque accepte volontiers de jouer le rôle de mécène, et de lui fournir des capsules. Le service marketing de Paris est contacté, la boutique de Bordeaux donne son feu vert.




25 000 capsules triées

S'ensuit alors un travail de fourmi : pendant un an, Axelle Lakli se rend deux fois par semaine au magasin Nespresso, cours de l'Intendance, pour remplir des fûts de capsules usagées. « Monsieur Vettorel, le responsable de la boutique, m'a vraiment aidée, en me laissant le magasin à disposition. J'avais accès à leur système de recyclage, et je pouvais circuler librement, alors qu'il y avait des clients à l'intérieur ! », raconte-t-elle.

Récupérées, les capsules sont ensuite triées dans la cave de l'artiste. Seules les noires resteront. Elle en utilisera 25 000 pour réaliser son œuvre. Puis elles sont nettoyées, une à une ; enfin, elles sont mises à sécher, dans le grenier. « Il fallait les disposer d'une certaine manière pour le séchage, pour ne pas qu'elles moisissent. »

Au même moment, l'artiste s'affaire au tracé du dessin. À partir d'une photo de Georges Clooney qu'elle a pixelisée, elle calcule, mesure, et trace chacun des emplacements des capsules, « au millimètre près ». Dans le même temps, les 24 panneaux qui serviront de support sont confectionnés, entièrement à la main : découpe, peinture, ponçage.

Récupérer et transformer

Une fois l'œuvre terminée, où l'exposer ? Car avec ses 9 mètres de haut, et près de 8 de large, rares sont les lieux pouvant l'accueillir… C'est Philippe Dezon, directeur de l'Intermarché de La Réole, qui propose de jouer le rôle de parrain en ouvrant les portes de son parking à l'artiste. Dimanche dernier, avec Choupi, son compagnon et premier soutien, ils chargent deux camions de 20 mètres cube. « On a galéré tous les deux pour tout installer ! », plaisante Axelle Lakli.

Georges Clooney n'est pas l'idole d'Axelle Lakli, mais son image lui permet d'exprimer un message : le constat d'une société « de plus en plus pixelisée, où l'image est reine » et d'un « consumérisme effréné ». Cependant, elle ne dénonce pas : « Je ne fais que constater, je ne suis personne pour dénigrer des comportements que j'adopte moi-même. »

La récupération est le dernier aspect qui entre en compte dans son projet : « Avec Nespresso, nous partageons vraiment cette idée de récupérer des choses usagées et de leur donner un second souffle. C'est ce qui m'a plu aussi dans cet objet », commente-t-elle.

Maintenant, Axelle Lakli voudrait trouver un endroit où exposer son œuvre, « pour qu'elle soit vue par tous ».
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Post by silly girl Wed 25 Jul 2012, 18:51

Very cool.....I don't know if I would have the patience to do this....actually I do know I wouldn't have the patience...amazing...

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Post by it's me Wed 25 Jul 2012, 19:24

aMMMMMMMMAzingg! Yahooooo

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Post by lucy Wed 25 Jul 2012, 21:46

Thanks Henway, my daughter is an artist and I can't wait to share this one with her.
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Post by The next mrs clooney Wed 25 Jul 2012, 21:50

This is amazing!!!!
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Post by macs Wed 25 Jul 2012, 22:06

Holy F !!! Woo hooo! Believe it or not but this is my hometown. I was born there, grew up there, my mum still live there !!!
Now I'm living in Paris, and I didn't know anything about it. Crazy that I've got to join a forum in english with people posting from all over the world to actually get some news from home, LOL And apparently I'm not the only clooney fan from there...
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Don't know the artist either, but I'll ask my mum (she does ceramics, exhibits and stuff so she might, but she's just coming back from holidays so I don't think she's seen it live, too bad!)

BTW proper name of the city is "La Réole", in the south west of France (around 6000 people). A river, a castle, etc.
small picky, view from my mum's place (OT I know but can't help it).
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Post by it's me Wed 25 Jul 2012, 22:36

wow!!!! what an image Very Happy
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Post by beeh! Wed 25 Jul 2012, 23:00

thanks for the find, very nice one!
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Post by playfuldeb Thu 26 Jul 2012, 07:37

Great job with the capsules.

Thanks for sharing macs. Like your picture of the castle, but then, castles fascinate me
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