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|Almost etheral constructions
I applaud your efforts to transform the hideous industrial structures
stride across our landscapes, turning them into decorative, almost
imaginative work. Your energy and productivity are
Professor Arnold Berleant, Long
Island University, USA
Brings the World, and Art,
(Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques or the
International Council on Large Electric Systems) is a permanent
non-government, not-for-profit association founded in France in 1921.
days, it’s one of the largest electric organizations in the
world with members
in over 80 countries.
of those members
gathered in Paris Aug. 25-29 for CIGRE’s biennial conference
discussions about transmission abounded, of course, at CIGRE,
but meetings and a floor full of technical exhibitors didn’t
CIGRE had to offer. They also featured a companion art exhibit,
Artworks,” by Elena Paroucheva.
projects aim at emphasizing power networks rather than hiding them.
The small gallery in conjunction with CIGRE’s Session 42 was
but a taste of
Paroucheva’s electricity-themed art.
the sessions, the floor and the colorful gallery of
pieces, CIGRE Session 42 stimulated the intellectual, business and
DAVIS, senior editor,
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have sowed in their path man made constructions but unwanted
– Pylons, lighting
poles, antennas, bridges, wind turbines, towers. My artistic approach
environment is inspired by the visible and the invisible (the pylon,
carrier, is visible, but the energy that goes through the cables is
the antennas are visible, but radio waves are invisible.
this inspiration, I chose the name of "High Tension" for
my sculptures and my installations and “Electric
Art” to my artistic path. In the
first stage of creation, I must forget that the buildings are metal
"giants" and not think about the technical, climatic, electrical,
mechanical constraints… giving free rein to the imagination.
Paroucheva, INDIA POWER Magazine, INDIA
Tourist Office of
Amnéville joins European Heritage Days in organizing a
tour entitled “The
high fashion under high
Lorraine » newspaper
years after their opening in the free time area of Amnéville
the artworks carried by the 220,000-volt line Amnéville -
Montois, invite each
other in "European Heritage Days" ...
Energy and Environment
happened something similar to the case of
Eiffel Tower, the main goal of origin is the wireless and radio signals
today, television, laser and other signals) a technological solution
aesthetic and cultural symbol of the new technological era and the city
four pillars of power transmission Amnéville are a great
metamorphosis. They became symbols of the health of the city, and more
that, the greatest monument to our technological achievements of the
historic solution example, unique role in the urban environment of the
structures of power systems.
systems and energy transfer over long distances are the source of
inspiration and artistic imagination of Elena Paroucheva using the
technology and materials to create his works.
is not surprising that his sculptures Paroucheva innovative Elena
in the history of art and electricity.
« HEP Vjesnik » CROATIA
up in lighting
visual artist, Elena Paroucheva signed her monumental work
takes its inspiration from the local culture. Its symbol marries the
with the history of steel, the crucible of the industrial Lorraine. It
celebrates the reunion between providential water and well-being, a
rejuvenation for the new Amnéville…
Elena composed reality by playing on the
transparency, colour, and fluidity. And her interpretation of elegance confer these
heavy carcasses, an
incredible lightness. Suddenly, the metamorphose springs
imaginary land, four imaginary creatures enrobed in light, working
illuminate the horizon like raining stars.
Philippe BOSSUS "TERRAIN"
artwork "Source” is
a unique work in France. The High Voltage Sculptures metamorphose into
dreamy creatures dressed in illuminated
projects of the artist Elena Paroucheva aim at emphasizing the
overhead line supports of energy distribution. Instead of trying to
« camouflage » them in the
landscape, she transforms them
into works of art.
has been working since 2000 with city halls, private and public
institutions and companies involved in the Environment and has
realised some monumental and astonishing projects.
projects are about support of network, pylons of:
Low, medium and high voltage power lines
Renewable energy windmills
Antennas - relaying mobile
continuous research has led her to develop the works of art in two
This solution treats the transformation of existing building in the
environment. They are investigated according to reception area and
allow the modification of the visual aspect of the infrastructure
into artistic works.
This way explores new forms for pylons to be implanted in the
landscape, urban and rural areas. Sculptures use "symbolically"
the same modules of metallic construction for the realization of
« pylons - sculptures »,
« antennas - sculptures »,
« wind energy - sculptures ».
electric fairy -
Art in the street
work, an out of the ordinary approach:
to bring elegance
and lightness to imposing metal carcasses.
artist’s imagination permitted Ameneville’s hill to
become the runway where
the immobile giants gave their fashion show.
notion of conserving the patrimonial heritage is central.
Badly perceived by the public, but a symbol of our
times, crowning the steel and concrete, these pylons are kept but
to keep a trace and memory.
completely transformed into beautiful women dressed in illuminated
gowns while their siblings on a medium term basis will disappear from
become the heart of a monumental sculpture.
surprise that this
unusual and seductive beautification of the patrimony,
sometimes, and with
CORBINAUD, "SKY magazine"
ideas for the development of the free areas
in artistic source
Who would have thought?
A high voltage electricity pylon can become a work of art. In any case,
attempted was succeeded at the tourist and spa center of
Visitors can discover four
towers that symbolize a silhouette. "Source" is the name given to the
work of art based on these pylons. Its creation is tantamount to the
Elena Paroucheva, whose project was selected by RTE (Electricity
Network of France) The project has been accepted by the municipalities
concerned - Amnéville, Hagondange and Marange-Silvange.
The artistic aspect is
undeniable, a work of art which is modern and unique.
sculptures are appealing, and at the same time monumental and
play with grace and charm with the landscape.
Helena KELMACHTER, Curator - Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art,
in the world wide art scene
Bulgarian artist enchanted Europe with her art “High
Tension”. She launches
into a unique voice in art – to transform metallic
constructions of high
tension lings into artworks.
pinnacle in her project is the "Source", the monumental installation
done together with RTE, France...
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overhead energy supports into appealing,
decorative and artistic monuments.
by the artist’s
eye and mind, energy infrastructures may become attractive and
In my art
endeavour to find the link between art, energy and the environment. I
would like to give an artistic touch to our industrial heritage.
idea is to
transform the network supports into artworks, symbolically
maintaining the basic modules while incorporating a sculptural art
“Sculptures of electric towers”
- Low, medium and high voltage
- Renewable wind energy
- Antennas – mobile
phone, radio relays…
- Lighting –
highways, stadiums, public spaces etc.
Each one of
constructions modifies the landscape. My objective is to personalize
them in harmony with their unique location, to magnify them and turn
them into artistic landmarks of our time. Towers and antennas are no
longer anonymous giants, but works of art carrying essential energy
in harmony with man and nature.
electricity fairy sheds into an
illuminated young ladies
challenge for an
artist to meet face to face these four supports (electric towers) each
weighing 6.8 tonnes and reaching a maximum
height of 34 metres. To carry out her artistic work, Elena Paroucheva
first conducted a thorough reflection
on the city's history, to propose "a particular work for a particular
the name given to the project, in this way entered into the history of
art and electricity as a unique
work in the French territory.
PAYAN, "Le Republicain
the donors of light
the donors and to the
researchers of light, to the person who is in search of
transformation, Elena's "elements
" transpose trace of man in a moment of sharing to a vision of
light and space.
man has done, the
artist transforms. Of these immobile giants, Elena was able to extract
aesthetic and grace, giving them an identity and a history.
light passes, it permits the existence of the work, the light makes the
emptiness vibrate, the emptiness
that gives existence to life. In a journey of colour between
interlacing and cables, the light does
cut outs, the image is
created for every traveller that passes by accompanied by his
imagination, his desire to
« Art’Touch » President
city in the energy
the trellised pylons with tubular towers over the past
decade. The minimum congestion on the ground and invisibility in the
landscape are sought after, pending a hypothetical funeral for the
highest voltages. The fairy electricity
remains, however, very present in everyday life: a source of light,
comfort in families; an auxiliary which is indispensable for multiple
professional gestures. Even when energy is renewed, it is very often an
electricity which is converted in order to become usable. An energy
transition is necessary to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The
electricity fairy will
How to translate this idea into a picture? Where to find a contemporary
artistic work with a message similar to
that of Raoul Dufy, which was produced in
1937 with "The Fairy Electricity" the largest picture
in the world, today exhibited at the Musée d'Art Moderne in
Paris , a room specifically dedicated for
such a work?
While seeking the image of the cover of
issue 104 in the journal “Les Annales de la
entitled "The City in the energy transition," I met the people-pylons
of Elena Paroucheva. Instead of trying
in vain to blend into the landscape, the pylons become
human, each one distinguishing
itself from the other, conversing with each other, presenting like
ornaments, light and joy. This work expresses
the concern of an artist confronted with the
possible disappearance of a founding element in our material
The experimentation that took place in Amnéville indicates
treatment of the connection between pylon-landscape: pylons located,
invested by a singular artistic projects.
Anne QUERRIEN"Les Annales de la
sculptures permit the gaze to casually cut up the spaces.
traits, they do not describe the matter but indicated what it
as much the purification of cathedrals as well as the
electricity network, one conveying the
strength of the idea and the other the megawatts of energy. Immaterial
presence, but a unquestionable presence.
asserts itself with electronic circuit, higher than the neuronal
personal network, and higher still the impalpable meshes that connect
between all members of society.
If such of a
sculptures brings to mind an acrobat, it’s
because each connecting point of small metal rods is reminiscent
of an acrobat, and then, all together they become
towers in works of art
discovering the presentation of this work, at the beginning I was put
off by the title. Despite the
extreme brutality with which some of them are located, I like these
towers, I have admired them since childhood. In their relative variety,
they always say
beautifully and triumphantly their function and the manner in which
this. These are objects
that "speak truth", their triumphant side, In my opinion is the real
reason for their massive
rejection. Transforming these objects of great quality into a work of
art? It is condemnation of obsolescence! Like a mine car loaded
taking into account the fact that the technique does not wait for the
artist to condemn these huge walkers all in lines, I find this
experience full of
interest. Elena Paroucheva makes visible what most of us did not see or
did not want to see. She
all the details an
exemplary relationship with
its trading partners. I have no doubt that this experience
participating in an evolution of the gaze
and it’s importance by one over the others. This process that
functions here on a principle of recycling an object at the
end of life could inspire collaborations around objects in the making.
the purely artistic field, it is remarkable and symbolic that
Paroucheva found herself restrained to materialize her idea, to make
additions to the existing and never
ablation. I await with interest the next part of story.
Maillard "Public Design"
big carcasses in dress of ball
It must be
said that no one had not prepared to assume what we could do, these
pylons while scrap formidable foodstuff for rust trap propellers and
other objects ULMistes. Such huge perches for cables so small, just
right to serve as a repository of clouds of birds on their long
migratory journey. Of course the energy that flows along these cables
allows me to warm up my morning coffee. But anyway! I would have
preferred that the genius of man we find another way to make the move,
this energy that we say vital. Yes! Shame on me to have both despised
these witnesses to our industrious eras, these hideous skeletons of the
Paroucheva and its facilities are living proof of the capacity of the
human species to adapt to his soul things that his mind had little
inventive the unfortunate idea to sow on its way and in our campaigns,
when it is not to our own doors. Dress ball or rain money, dancer or
flower, man or woman, mast Élèna are all
"characters" arm which I have the uncontrollable desire to go through
the fields, legs which I would like to climb go see everything up there
what goes through their head, make me smallest yet to tickle the
underside of the feet, and a laugh accomplice expect a whole big
dreams… For me ever these large carcasses will be bare, and
I would almost Élèna Paroucheva to make them
indispensable to my walks, when I wished for a long time burying all
simply, thank you, Elena.
Dominique Boucher "Major Art"
When pylons of high voltage
get ready in a parade of haute couture
his artist looking for dress coats doors giants 7 tonnes and 34m high.
It puts his talents as an artist in the service of architecture:
give added value to its huge pylons of high-voltage lines through their
transformation. The giant sculptures for the eyes is an idea that can
only please and will certainly grow over time.
towers into artworks
of supplying electricity to the city
Amnéville Montois lines by the French company RTE decided in
2002 to highlight
the 4 existing towers are transformed into works of art.
It is the artist Elena Paroucheva, originally the concept of
pylons in the environment, which made the design of 4 towers, in
with RTE. The basic idea was to use the towers as body, and dress with
transparent dress through which we see the contours of the metal
The dress is made with stainless steel wire covered by a membrane (50
the decorative strips (70 mm) long 3 to 6 m for the body.
Buitink Technology has made the 4 "dresses", also dealing steel
structures and installation. As it was very difficult to move the steel
Buitink Technology has specially developed a system of control of
suitable for the pylons.
cathedrals and electric towers
there were Amnéville-les-Thermes, Moselle, who spent four
pylons in the middle
of the site and thermal tourism. Since December 2003, occupy a place
to rope up giant steel, dressed in long colorful dresses.
Elena Paroucheva, responsible for this transformation is very pleased:
are so accustomed to these structures that we will see more. An artist
the world with a different eye. For me, the towers are major characters
A vision that she kept in a corner of his head until the reading in the
an article announcing the demise of airlines for 2035. "For me it was a
click. Although since then, in talking with technicians RTE, I learned
airlines would still be present for a long time. At the time, in 1998,
started making models and drawings. "
Presenting his case with RTE, Elena holds the attention of executive
the electrical French grid. His sketches are sent to the regions. A few
later, the responsible leadership of the East contacted him to talk
case of Amnéville-les-Thermes. This very common tourist site
throughout Europe, has a very high voltage line sighted. Unable to bury
line was problematic. The artist proposes several ideas in the context
competition for the development of this line. It is the installation
"Source" is chosen, a device guy - steel cables wrapped ductwork
colors, which drape the pylons. "Everything has been calculated with
engineers TEN East, which have verified the wind, weight and tension
ensure that this poses no problem at the pylon. In light by night, the
a life span equal to the pylon.
Elena Paroucheva, happy to have this project, sees a
message to the public as to business leaders.
"The structures utilities may
pleasant, if they are reviewed by an artist. These are the marks of our
as the menhirs or cathedrals that we appreciate or not. That is why I
magnify what is for me a symbol of our time. "
Frédéric Tourneur "URBIS"
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