At least that's what he thought.

All this was actually a mirage...

The remains of the child with the pan flute Production “Les Mécènes du Sud” June 2019

The remains of the child with the pan flute 

In june 2018 this project received a production grant from "Les Mécènes du Sud" and also got the "coup de coeur" award in December 2018.

Link : http://www.mecenesdusud.fr/projet/gabriel-desplanque---les-restes-de-lenfant-a-la-flute-de-pan--122.html
Link : http://www.mecenesdusud.fr/article/soiree-coup-de-coeur-montpellier-sete-2018-386.html 

Exhibited during the ZAT - 100 artists in the city, June-July 2019 at the Espace Welcomedia at the Opéra National Montpellier-Occitanie.

Lien : https://zat.montpellier.fr/gabriel-desplanque

In February 2015 in Montpellier a psychologycally unstable man beheaded the Square Planchon Statue. Named Rustic song or the child with the pan flute, this statue represents a naked child, a pan flute in his hand, a sheep at his feet.

The sculptor Georges Durand carved it in 1908

The restoration of the statue, now left without several limbs (heads, arms, legs) is quickly covered by the City of Montpellier. But the work remains unfinished: one of the child's arms is indeed not restored, neither are an ear and the sheep horns.

This incident is the starting point of the project “The remains of the child with the pan flute” (temporary title).

The statue missing parts will be reinterpreted by the artist and will be perched on metal rods pegged in a pedestal. Around the sculpture a quadriphony (spacialized sound on four speakers) will broadcast an investigation on these missing limbs and a reflection on the omnipresence of theoretical discourse in works of art.

Project carried out thanks to the skill based sponsorship of CHD Art Maker. With the participation of Stanislas Colodiet, Curator at Musée Fabre (Montpellier) and the children of the Music Conservatory of Montpellier led by Caroline Comola, conductor.
Special thanks to Marine Lang, Anna Kerekes, Karol Slowik, Tangui Regui & André Agullo.

The remains of the child with the pan flute - 200cm (h) x 90cm (W) x 65cm (D) - acrylic resin, gold metal, amp and two speakers (photo: Marc Domage)
The remains of the child with the pan flute - 200cm (h) x 90cm (W) x 65cm (D) - acrylic resin, gold metal, amp and two speakers (photo: Marc Domage)
The remains of the child with the pan flute - 200cm (h) x 90cm (W) x 65cm (D) - acrylic resin, gold metal, amp and two speakers (photo: Marc Domage)
The remains of the child with the pan flute - 200cm (h) x 90cm (W) x 65cm (D) - acrylic resin, gold metal, amp and two speakers (photo: Marc Domage)
The remains of the child with the pan flute - 200cm (h) x 90cm (W) x 65cm (D) - acrylic resin, gold metal, amp and two speakers (photo: Marc Domage)
The remains of the child with the pan flute - Front score
The remains of the child with the pan flute Production “Les Mécènes du Sud” June 2019 Exhibition View Image Concept The remains of the child with the pan flute - Back score