The experimental and ephemeral projects of Pierre Thibault and his Atelier are a key component of his architectural practice, from the most discreet installation in the landscape to multidisciplinary artistic performances. His exploration will continue from May 30 to September 28, 2015 at Les Jardins de Métis with an exhibition Les Chambres blanches / The White Rooms where his latest work will be on view.
” Building is one of the most important acts of any society because it has a defining impact on the landscape, modifying the relationship we have with it, our way of seeing, understanding and living in it. ” Pierre Thibault
The exhibition will have two facets. In Estevan Lodge, a series of white rooms will show components of the work of Atelier Pierre Thibault. This portion of the exhibition will present the creative process of Pierre Thibault and his team of young architects. The white rooms invite visitors to discover the elements of the exhibition from various vantage points. For example, one room will require viewers to slide beneath it to view a model suspended from above. A large room will exhibit the sketch books at eye level while another unit will allow visitors to climb up and view the exhibition from above. Cuts from director Denys Arcand’s Le règne de la beauté (An Eye for Beauty) filmed in several of Pierre Thibault’s houses, will be screened for the exhibition.
Outside, the white rooms will be installed throughout the gardens, offering visitors new ways to explore the site. They will be poised in various places in the gardens that are less frequented and offer venues to see the different attractions of the landscape. A small white room posed on the shoreline, accessible only at low tide; another that pokes out from the side of the escarpment and a third that envelops a tree. While each one is different from the next, the white rooms are united by a common logic. They are all part of a family of installations that offer a discovery of the Metis and its landscapes as an integral part of a new pathway punctuated by discoveries. Presented with the financial assistance of the Entente spécifique sur la culture dans la région du Bas-Saint-Laurent 2012-2015, in collaboration with: Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire, Conférence régionale des élues du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Tourisme Gaspésie, Tourisme Bas-Saint-Laurent et Conseil de la culture du Bas-Saint-Laurent.
THE WHITE ROOMS by architect Pierre Thibault at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens