The Palais de Tokyo in 2012 initiated a program dedicated to the urban arts named the ‘Lasco Project’. The underground maze of its building invites urban artists to paint within the vaults of the Palais de Tokyo. Since December 2012, nearly sixty international artists have been involved with the Lasco projects, including Futura 2000, Dran, Vhils and OsGemeos. All these interventions are secret, inaccessible or invisible. For the first time the Lasco project #5 travels beyond its underground walls and is being deployed in the tunnel of the A86 Duplex, between Rueil-Malmaison in Vélizy, west of Paris, curated by Hugo Vitrani.
The Duplex A86 motorway tunnel is a long ten kilometers, consisting of two sections and borrowed by the A86 motorway. It connects Rueil-Malmaison and Jouy-en-Josas, at Wood Bridge Colbert, in the departments of Hauts-de-Seine and Yvelines . The tunnel consists of two superimposed traffic levels and one-way, to avoid the possibility of a frontal collision, hence the name of “Duplex”. It is the longest tunnel road located entirely on French territory.
The Palais de Tokyo have invited Pantone Felipe, an Argentine artist born in 1983 now living in Valencia, in partnership with VINCI Autoroutes, to take on the huge challenge inside this tunnel, in an area of 4000 m2 usually inaccessible to the public, and nicknamed the “concrete cathedral” because of its size!
Felipe Pantone completed painting the tunnel in just five days, with his vibrant digital colour scheme against the raw concrete the tunnels looks amazing.
On Sunday 22 May 2016, on the occasion of the first Festival of the highway, the public will have access to this exceptional area, between 9am and 12am, to discover this amazing work! Congratulations to all involved.