Back in 2013, French sculptor Guy Lorgeret transformed the canal in Betton, France into a playful arena frozen in time. Featuring several figures on bicycles, Retour à Betton is an installation that rests five meters above the canal’s still surface, simultaneously bringing the landscape to life yet at the same time kept suspended in motion.
The installation shows the figures “migrating from one bank to another […] claiming their freedom and refusing to partake in competition,” writes Lorgeret.
I like how the reflections of the figures create a second theatrical environment, mirroring the ‘movements’ of the figures hovering above the canal. From whichever angle you view the installation, the figures move in different directions, your perspective changes and new viewpoints emerge. There are multiple dramas all co-existing within this work. Where are they going; are they all moving together with one common destination?