L’Invasion de la Viande (1980)
14 May 2020
As part of an imagined intervention in the subterranean spaces of the redeveloped Les Halles, Jean Criton’s project describes the new Metro station invaded, in a sinister process of parthenogenesis, by the meat from the Pavillon de la Boucherie, which had stood on the site until its controversial demolition eight years before.
The project was published in L’Ivre des Pierres No.3 as the site re-opened, as part of a sustained lament for the loss of the nineteenth-century city. It was accompanied by the poem by Elie Delamare-Deboutville reproduced to the right.