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The Death of Ephialthes
1982 - marble, bronze

This is the first installation ever created for the outdoors by the French husband and wife team. Under the main lake, in the heart of Giovanni Gambini's romantic park, a series of waterfalls cascade into a picturesque valley below. At the bottom of this small gorge, the water forms a permanent pool and in this spot the Poiriers decided to place the most important parts of their installation: a giant eye carved in marble pierced by a bronze arrow. The reference here is to the battle between the Giants and the Gods of Mount Olympus, as recounted by Virgil, and some of the poet's verses are inscribed on the arrows. During the terrible fight, the Gods unleashed arrows and lightning bolts to beat down their enemies. Virgil tells how one of the Giants, Ephialthes, was struck down and killed instantly by an arrow in each eye. Near the same pool of water there are other marble fragments of the giant as well as several lightning bolts in bronze which are sunk into the ground in the surrounding area as if to bear witness to the apocalyptic moment described.

Anne & Patrick Poirier

Born in Marseille in 1940, Anne et Patrick Poirier live and work in Lourmarine, France.
Among the recent exhibitions devoted exclusively to their work we recall here: Centre d'Art Contemporain, Fréjus (1994); Sonnabend Gallery, New York (1995); Musée de la Picardie, Amiens (1996); Fundacio Gulbenkian, Lisbon (1996); Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne (1999); Fondation Européene de la Sculture, Brussels (2000); Kunstmuseum, Thun (2003); Espace d'art contemporain André Malraux, Colmar (2005); Villa La Magia, Quarrata (2006); MADRE, Naples (2011).
They have created a large number of permanent public works including those for the Musée Picasso in Antibes; Centro per l'arte contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato; Espace de l'Europe Jean Monnet, Lyon.

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