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Let’s keep Jean Tinguely’s dream alive!

Commeon Campaign - Jean Tinguely’s Cyclop

Le Cyclop, Milly-la-Forêt
november 30 2018

The history of the Cyclop
The objective of 15,000 euros has been reached. Thanks to your contributions, the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts, Cnap, Paris) will be able to restore the tongue of the sculpture, Le Cyclop. The campaign is ongoing. In fact, the entire face of the Cyclop is covered with mirrors. The funds raised will enable us to restore the whole “Face aux miroirs” crafted by Niki de Saint Phalle. Thank you for your contributions, your commitment, and support!

« I was born in 1969 in Milly-La-Forêt, Jean Tinguely’s dream came true. They named me Le Cyclop. I was conceived to be a sort of museum and was constructed thanks to the participation of many artists: César, Arman, Eva Aeppli, Jesus Rafael Soto … More than 20,000 people visit me each year. In the very beginning, children thought my tongue was a slide. One day, Niki de Saint Phalle decided to cover my face with thousands of pieces of broken mirrors. I sparkled then with a multitude of dazzling lights and the forest was reflected on my face. Now, water runs on my tongue and flows into a pool. But with age and the effects of weathering, the mirrors have become degraded and I’ve lost all of my luster.”

The Cyclop needs to be restored
The Cyclop’s face is now covered with a protective net to prevent the mirrors that cover it from falling off. In 2016 the Cnap launched a call for a project manager to head the restoration of the mirrored face. The architectural agency, gftk, was selected and did all of the preliminary studies in preparation for the renovation. We are appealing to your generosity with the aim of raising 30,000 euros which would enable us to restore the other mirors of the Cyclop’s face and to see it shine with a thousand lights as before.

Become a sponsor for this exceptional restoration!

The Cyclop looks like a head with no body. It has just one eye with which to examine its surroundings. For 25 years, from 1969 to 1994, Jean Tinguely worked on this unusual sculpture. Baptized Le Cyclop, the work was essentially built from found materials. It measures 22 meters in height and weighs nearly 300 tons. Its face is covered with 400 m² of mirrors. The most important artists of the 20th century’s artistic scene participated in its creation. In 1987, Jean Tinguely decided to donate the Cyclop to the State, which committed to insuring its protection. Since then, the sculpture has been listed in the inventory of the Centre national des arts plastiques which is responsible for its conservation and restoration.

Help the Cyclop shine once again. Contribute to the restoration of its tongue and realize Jean Tinguely’s dream!


Dernière mise à jour le 02 May 2019
Le Cyclop
Bois des pauvres
91490 Milly-la-Forêt, Essonne (91)