L’Invasion de la Viande (1980)

By Elie Delamare-Debouteville

Jean Criton (1930), Mounument pour un Rosbeef, c.1968–1969. Pen, ink and coloured chalks on buff paper, 321 × 251 mm. DMC 2054.

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.

Poem by Elie Delamare-Deboutville
The first stage of the invasion…
… and the fifth: la viande emerges from underground.