[caption id="attachment_26447" align="alignnone" width="984"] Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
As part of a reflection on the conservation of artistic heritage and the relationship to time, the New National Museum of Monaco welcomes artist Michel Blazy to Villa Sauber.
Born in Monaco, Michel Blazy has earned an international reputation thanks to his installations integrating living materials.
Three living works of the 51-year-old will be exhibited until March 18, 2018 at 17 avenue Princesse Grace.
Co-produced by the NMNM and the Government’s Cultural Affairs Department for the last edition of the Venice Biennale, Blazy’s Shoe Collection is a presentation of worn shoes, which serve to pot plants. A luminous frame encircles the sculpture and an irrigation process allows the plants to grow.
Soft Nature, which was acquired by the NMNM in 2009, consists of vegetables and fruit stuck with flake glue on a tablecloth made of the same material. The work invites the public to follow the slow transformation and disappearance of components, like agar dishes.
The third piece, the NMNM Collection’s Skin Animal, is made from cotton layered with chocolate dessert cream.
Villa Sauber is open daily 10am-6pm. Admission: €6
[caption id="attachment_26367" align="alignnone" width="640"] Outward Bound Monaco Awards Ceremony with Prince Albert and OBM students. Photo: Ed Wright Images[/caption]
On Monday, December 11, 30 students from the Côte d’Azur who participated this summer in Outward Bound programmes braved the dreadful weather conditions to reunite for the prestigious Outward Bound Monaco annual awards ceremony in the Monaco Yacht Club.
Surrounded by friends, patrons and members of Outward Bound Monaco (OBM) and their parents, the proud students received their diplomas from the Patron of Outward Bound Monaco, HSH Prince Albert, who praised their courage and resourcefulness in the face of the challenges that an Outward Bound programme offers.
Prince Albert with the OBM Patrons who kindly sponsor Outward Bound Monaco (L-R): Michael Peagram (President, OBM), Sergio Buttazzi (EFG Bank), Kory Tarpenning (Nike), HSH Prince Albert II, David Burns (Zindagi Advisory), Jean-Francois Noaro (Noaro Freres), Rommy Gianni (Monte Carlo Polo team) and Judy Churchill (General Secretary, OBM). Photo: Ed Wright Photography
Michael Peagram, President of OBM commented, “Our Awards evening is always a delight. The obvious enthusiasm and shining faces of the young people who completed the OB courses in the summer confirms again the contribution of the experience to their foundation for future life. We are hugely privileged that our Patron HSH Prince Albert finds the time to meet them and present their certificates. “
The evening was full of pride and excitement for the youths, ages 12 to 17, who gave time, energy and passion this summer in Ullswater (the English Lake District) and Aberdovey (North Wales) to try something that pushed their personal barriers and rewarded them with the sense of achievement at overcoming new challenges, as well as having great fun.
Student Max Botwright, 15, reflecting on his OB experience, said "I have really enjoyed taking part in two Outward Bound courses and was fortunate to have been selected to represent the Association in the recent Princes' Cup rowing race.
“Through activities such as hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing and rowing, Outward Bound has enabled me to push myself further and to accomplish tasks I didn’t think I could. Many of the activities have required my teamwork with other teenagers, who I had only recently met, and I’ve made many lifelong friends along the way."
For more on Outward Bound Monaco, see their website.
[caption id="attachment_26221" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cyanobacteria aggregation. Photo: Christian Fischer[/caption]
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) signed a financing agreement on November 8 with the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment for a project that culminates at the end of this month.
On Friday, December 8, FPA2 stated that a document was signed by its Vice-President, HE Bernard Fautrier, and Fu Wenjuan, President of the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
The objective of this recent agreement is the funding of a project investigating cyanobacterial water blooms in Taihu Lake, China’s second-largest freshwater lake.
This project involves the in-depth study of the efflorescence of cyanobacteria – the bacteria that caused the Great Oxidation 2.4 of billion years ago, making possible the evolution of living creatures – forming "flowers of water". This phenomenon provides valuable information on the state of water pollution, and the subsequent creation of an information platform open to the general public, will constitute an educational tool as well as a working basis for scientists.
The project will end at the end of December 2017, with the submission of a survey report on the pollution of the lake.