Sheila Hicks’ ‘VERS DES HORIZONS INCONNUS’, 2023 is currently on display at Parvis de L’Institut de France, Paris until 25 October.
Made of bright and durable fibres, the installation brings a colourful accent to the Parvis, contrasting the sandstone palette of its surroundings whilst establishing a dialogue with the architectural features of The Collège des Quatre-Nations. Its complex composition reveals itself fully when viewed from different angles, the colours and backdrop shifting from the Pont des Arts, the Seine, and finally the Louvre on the riverfront opposite.
Hicks chose a location closely connected to her history with the city; a short walk from her studio near Odeon down the rue de Seine, the street she first lived on when she first arrived in Paris in the 1960s.
The work is part of her column series and has been exhibited this summer in Légendes Botaniques, Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard near Annecy. Other works from this series have been exhibited at the Sydney Biennale, 2016; the Horst Arts & Music Festival, Belgium, 2018; Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration, Moody Center of the Arts, Houston, USA, 2021; and Sheila Hicks: Off Grid, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK 2022.