La Friche des rails

Three Fountains Ephemeral Park

Three Fountains District


La Friche des rails, a playful and poetic scenographic work installed on the abandoned railway track in the Trois Fontaines district of Annecy.

Work produced for the festival Annecy Paysage 2021

To create this installation, the collective Bruit du frigo was inspired by the strong identity of the site. A collection of unusual wagons is deployed along an imaginary railway line through the wild vegetation of the site. These wooden platforms offer multiple uses: picnics, games, deckchairs, terraces, stages… They allow people to meet up with children, family and friends, and to enjoy festive and cultural events.

Graphic interventions, coordinated by the Annécian collectiveArt by friends, add dynamism to the whole installation: the wagons and pylons offer as many supports to the imagination of the Swiss artist Rylsee and the blind wall of the neighbouring hangar hosts a monumental fresco by the German artist collective Low Bros. The artist Sophie Weidler-Bauchez intervenes on the ground with the creation of an imposing map of the district.

This project is supported by the elected representatives of the new Commune of Annecy as part of a public investment programme initiating the urban renewal of this district. On the basis of this installation and its uses, the City of Annecy is initiating a process of consultation with the population and citizen participation which will accompany the urban redevelopment project for the next three years.

The association of the “know-how” of Annecy paysages and the urban renewal projects of the City of Annecy is a first and opens up new forms of involvement of the population in the transformation of the city. It places art and cultural sensitivity at the centre of this process.


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