" It is not of importance that one be a believer or not : what is important is to be Tolerant " - Dalai Lama
" T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E " is composed of nine bronze sculptures, each representing a letter of the word "tolerance" and suggests a religion, belief or spirituality.
Edited in nine series, three are permanently installed on public sites, in Paris and Montpellier (France) and in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E). The fourth series makes part of a private English collection.
We are now continuing towards our goal and vision of installing T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E, pinpoints of light against the darkness of intolerance and terrorism that we are facing around the world.
At each installation it serves as a landmark, a focal point welcoming other artists, students and entire communities to join in spreading the message of Tolerance, Compassion and Brotherhood.
" A word becomes meaningful because of all of its letters, each one indispensable and of equal importance to convey the meaning. In the same way, the different cultures and spiritual beliefs of our societies can live together in brotherhood and complete each other, in the knowledge of reciprocal respect and a bit of kindness.
Mysterious and grave, my emissaries invite you to meet them, to respect their differences and the beliefs which they suggest. Together, and meeting on the same site, they speak to us of encounter and harmony, of peaceful completeness.
As humans, we all have in common, inherent in our nature and based on the awareness of being vulnerable, the quest for stability and peace, in reaction to the violence caused by opposing religions and beliefs.
This situation seems to get worst day after day as an inscreasing sense of urgency is driving us to act now ! Yet the mosaic of beliefs and cultures make the world...
By this sculpture, I wanted to bring to light the likeness of the quest, whatever it is and whatever the "god" to which it is addressed. It is this similarity, this convergence which should be demonstrated, instead of the differences caused by unproven speculations or groundless fundamentalist assertions regarding the divine - inherently ambiguous and therefore questionable. Each of the letters, by its particular style, evokes a belief of the world. But the interpretations are left deliberately open to the imagination of everyone... "
Successive installations worldwide :
2019 Parc André Chénier, Carcassonne (France)
2015 Esplanade du Prado, Medieval City of Carcassonne (France)
2014 Couvent des Minimes, Perpignan (France)
2014 Campo Santo, Perpignan (France)
2013 Permanent public installation n° 3/8, Port Marianne District, Montpellier (France)
2011 Palais des Rois de Majorque, Perpignan (France)
2010 Chateau Royal, Collioure (France)
2009 Goethe University, Frankfurt (Germany)
2009 City of Poznan (Poland)
2008 Permanent installation n° 2/8, Government Palace, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
2008 Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris (France)
2007 Monnaie de Paris, Paris (France)