In an age where the boundaries between what is ‘street’ and ‘fine’ art are increasingly skewed, one could say artist David Mesguich is capitalising on blurred lines. Mesguich came from a violent youth and 10 years of trespassing with graffiti, but is now a geometric sculpture artist that builds and installs his work in public locations around Belgium and France.
His most recent work, Pressure 1.0, addresses the subject of people living on the fence: inside and outside of certain worlds.
For Pressure 1.0′s plot David Mesguich chose an elevated freeway–the vehicle entrance point of Marseille–so the geometric lady could watch over the city whilst simultaneously gazing across the sea towards Africa.
The artist and his team left Pressure 1.0 on the highway, where it remained untouched for two weeks. After a storm damaged the project, people from the city interestingly came to its rescue and mended the work without any provocation. In the end the outdoor environment took a toll on the artwork, and Pressure 1.0 was destroyed due to weather damage.
The most exciting part about David Mesguich’s sculptures is that they blur the lines between street art and fine art, as they are public artworks with an ability to critically interact with both people and their urban environments.
Mesguich creates his sculptures with recycled plastic, and they are never made to be sold but instead are donated to the city.