visits organized as part of the European Heritage Days

Some may recall it, the first guide of the statuary of Lyon, Punctuations, was produced by the artist Daniel Buren in 1980, along with his applied work on the bases of statues adorning squares and gardens of Lyon
and Villeurbanne. With accuracy, he raised the problems of statuary and its location in the urban space.
Since that initial inventory, the “statuary” has changed its name and face. It is now more commonly known as "public art", and has lost its pedestal-base, it does not exhibit effigies any more, does not commemorate events any more. The circle of partners has widened, the notion of public space has expanded and new questions have emerged.

The Guide to contemporary art in the public spaces. Greater Lyon. 1978/2008 illustrates how these changes have operated in the art and the art policies over the last thirty years. It begins in 1978 with the first Symposium of sculpture and the first commissions given to artists for the Lyon metro. These events laid the foundations for the integration of contemporary art into our Lyonnais territory.

The guide reveals a panorama of nearly three hundred works that gradually introduce new forms, new materials and new methods. Before the alphabetic inventory, a timeline shows this development as it reveals the magnitude of annual orders.

The aim of this guide is to share with the largest possible number of amateurs, curious, tourists but also professionals and students, the wealth and generosity of contemporary art in the public space. It helps to give the public a better understanding of contemporary art through the works around them. It also helps to identify and highlight the work of many artists and sponsors. It is for this double reason that La BF15 has been actively engaged in this project.

The Guide to contemporary art in the public spaces. Greater Lyon. 1978/2008 allows the residents and passers-by to better appropriate what constitutes the space in which they live or travel and perhaps to better understand and respect their collective inheritance. It shows that our territory has a contemporary living heritage and a real policy towards commissioning art.


The Guide to contemporary art in the public spaces.
Greater Lyon. 1978/2008 
(La BF15 ed.)

preface: Marie-Claude Jeune and Jean-Pierre Saez
graphic design: Perrine Lacroix with help of Samuel Rambaud
and Tony Simoes Relvas
photographs: Marianne Homiridis, Samuel Rambaud,
Lucja Ramotowski-Brunet + DR
translation: Céline Valentin-Foggie et Angus Foggie

produced with the support of The Rhône-Alpes region, the city of Lyon, the city of Villeurbanne, the Greater Lyon, the Bullukian Foundation, Lyon Parc Auto, SACVL, Entrepart