“Funny wildlife” in Carouge

“Funny wildlife” in Carouge

Animals illuminate the night of Carouge and turn blind walls and sidewalks into their territory. This is the work of art imagined by the artists Sara de Gouy and Victor Vieillard, winners of the decoration contest launched in 2015 by the city of Carouge. 

Inaugurated in October 2017, the work takes the form of a seven-point light path, starting from the Pervenches Triangle and ending around Place d’Armes. The animals appear in a colourful halo, such as caught on the spot in the beam of a flashlight or headlights of a car. You may take any direction you want by following the map available on the web or enjoy the surprise at each corner of the streets. 

During your walk, you will come across a fearful squirrel who fled along a facade, a hare that detects our impromptu arrival. You will be surveyed by a fox on the lookout, which seems to evaluate any visitor: “prey? or predator?”. On a roof, a snail clings with its shell down and observes the world upside down. A huge robin appears on a tree where the lighting effect shows him perched. Finally, on the ground, few fish, a char and two trout invite us to plunge into the water of thousand virtues. 

The two artists wanted the animals to play in the urban space, to interact with the public, while giving the inhabitants of Carouge new meeting points by creating different ambiances in the neighbourhood. In an almost heraldic vision, each animal would become the emblem of a certain area. 

Forest and lake creatures, city flies, that we’ve all met several times during our walks, this “funny wildlife” shows us how magical our local biodiversity is. It asks the question of the delimitation of the habitats and reminds us that we all share this corner of the world. 

This is the first phase of the art project; expect wild boar, doe, ants and many more animals* to embellish the surroundings. 

The “funny wildlife” is a poetic and sweet work of art, where little animals are trying to make the city more human. Take a walk preferably on a beautiful Indian summer evening. 

*Read the article of the Tribune de Genève from 20.10.2017
Photography Le rouge gorge © Victor Vieillard 

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