• The Lodge

    Lost Lodge by Aurèle

A very special lodge, that is crossed by a tree. A lodge that seduced Aurèle and his Lostdog with
whom he toured the world with, making us wonder about big societal issues. In this lodge dressed in
blue, you will coexist with an original sculpture, a unique piece of the “Lost Love Dog”, the leg of wild
boar… He made the room of his master his own and does not move.

A very special lodge, that is crossed by a tree. A lodge that seduced Aurèle and his Lostdog with
whom he toured the world with, making us wonder about big societal issues. In this lodge dressed in
blue, you will coexist with an original sculpture, a unique piece of the “Lost Love Dog”, the leg of wild
boar… He made the room of his master his own and does not move.

Interview

Aurèle

Visual artist

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

I’ve always loved nature, trees, the forest. This idea of the tree house, a moment of meditation in the heart of the forest among animals is the most beautiful thing that can be offered to those who live in the city. This opportunity to live a moment in communion with nature can, I hope, give everyone a taste, to want to save it for future generations.

How did you select the works that you wanted to integrate this place ?

It is more an atmosphere to live than a selection of works, it is more an art of living, a desire to create an atmosphere, a climate of contemplation, a place where we can take the time to live fully.

Biography

This opportunity to live a moment in communion with nature can, I hope, give everyone a taste, to want to save it for future generations.

Decorated in 2016 with Arts and Letters, Aurèle Ricard, dit Aurèle Lostdog, born in Paris on October
24, 1963, is a French post-industrial visual artist. He lives and works between Paris, New York and
Shanghai. Self-taught fanatical of the work of Yves Klein, he develops the yellow of chrome nᵒ 2
which he baptizes, in homage to the International Klein Blue, the International Aurèle Yellow. The
patent of the formula is filed at the INPI. One night, at the turn of an avenue, in 1986 he discovers a
poster placed on the top of a lamppost: It’s an APB on a lost dog named Bob, offering a hundred
dollars”; worth of reward to the owner. The poster depicts the naive design of a bull terrier framed by
the words “$ 100 Reward for friendly “Bob” the Bull Terrier wanted”. It is also at this time that he
meets Andy Warhol with whom he envisions an artistic work around the image of the dog: a series of
silkscreens on the lost dog. But this collaboration was abruptly interrupted following the death of
Andy Warhol on February 22, 1987. Three days later, Aurèle Ricard exhibits in Paris at the Duval
Dunner gallery, a representation of the poster of the «lost dog» built from molten tar and pieces of
metal recovered at the Caulaincourt bridge in Paris then in restoration. By becoming the first public
homage to the pioneer of pop art, the exhibition heralds the end of industrial art, and the «tar dog»
is called the «first post-industrial work of art». Since Aurele and his lost dog have travelled around
the world via the Aveyron and Shanghai… Shangai where in 2009, Aurèle is invited by the French
State to participate in the 2010 Universal Exhibition («Best city, best life») on the theme of
sustainable development and «news» environmental technologies in urban areas. For the occasion,
he creates, with the help of Chinese engineers, a giant plant sculpture: a dog 4.5 meters high covered
with a selection of depolluting plants: (Lostdogco2), largely inspired by the work Puppy by Jeff
Koons(1992). “It is a sculpture of greenery made of clean plants,” explains Aurèle, “It is also the
prototype of a new generation of actresses”; works of art of their own message”. At the same time,
the Chinese government and the city of Shanghai presented him with the Art Fair of Shanghai
Sculptor of the Year Award. In 2010, his sculpture Lostdogco2 was presented from May 1 to October
31 at the Shanghai World Fair in the atrium of the French pavilion.

Aurèle, if you were...

  • A forest of the world :

    The Amazon in flames

  • A tree :

    a Banyan

  • Part of this tree :

    the Roots

  • A forest dweller :

    a Ara

  • A season :

    fall

  • A mushroom :

    magic

  • A wind :

    the Meltem

  • A smell :

    the foam