Urban Projects

Community Project
Collaborative project with bakers

Poilâne Bakery
8 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6th, France

May 1999

I worked at Poilâne Bakery in Paris, France, with 5 Bakers: Vincent, Felix, Marcel, Percy, and Patrick, between 1995 and 1997 producing thousands of bowls, plates, and platters, cast in bread dough for the "Tower Tour" art project. In addition, the bakers and I also worked together to create two collaborative sculptural projects: "Cultures and Ferments" and "Urban Projects". The above image depicts the bakers and myself working at Poilâne Bakery.
Urban Projects, 1999, 5 bakers and myself used baked bread-bowls, bread plates, and bread platters, as bricks - like interlocking “lego” pieces - to create 3D constructions, designs of ideal habitation units.

I spent a number of years (1994 to 1997) producing bowls cast in bread-dough and baked in a medieval oven at Poilâne Bakery in Paris, France. The bread-bowl became the core motif for numerous projects related to urban culture. Immigrant bakers: Vicente, Felix, Marcel, Percy, Patrick and myself collaborated in the production of the bread-bowls and associated projects.

In “Urban Projects”, we created a series of constructions at the bakery. Much like architects designing a new city, we used baked bread-bowls (bread plates, and bread platters) as bricks, or “lego” parts, to physically design ideal units for habitation.

The project explores the Utopian imagination as it relates to notions of foreignness and migratory global processes.

Poilâne Bakery: http://www.poilane.com/pages/en/company_culture.php