Make sense of... French motorway art

The image here was drawn by artist Perry Taylor. For more of his work see

Giant boars, cockerels, horses and strange geometric shapes sprout from the roadsides of the motorway network.

Why? Because of the 1% artistique, a law dating from 1951 which aims to support artistic creation and encourage the populace to appreciate modern French art.

The law says that whenever a new public building goes up - such as a school, police station, court or library – 1% of the cost of construction should be spent on one or more works of art to be integrated in the building or located near to it.

Poulet de Bresse (1999) at Dommartin-lès-Cuiseaux in Saône-et-Loire

The 1% is calculated on the total, pre-tax cost of the work minus architect’s fee, roadworks and furnishings. If the money ...

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