La Cornue (the retort) is another stabile made in 1975 by Calder (visit my Grenoble page) shortly before his death in 1976. It is made of painted steel sheets. It is standing on the ground on 5 thin legs which makes it look aerial though it is 7m x 8m and weights several tons. It is nicknamed "the cat". It used to stand between University Stendhal and the library common to University Stendhal and Pierre Mendès-France but it has been temporarily removed during the road works for building the third tramway line. I will add the photo as soon as possible.
What a 3 meters high broken safe, split into two parts and with a huge hole at its bottom might mean in a campus is a mystery and I have not found any clue about it. Earthquake ? Grenoble is built on several hundreds of meters of deposits and in case of an earthquake, it amplifies the movement, just as jelly in a bowl. However, I doubt this is the explanation.
This bars stand in front of the south side of University Stendhal. It was built in 1975 by François Morellet (born in 1926). It is a structure made of stainless steel tubing on a square serial frame. It belongs to the series spheres and frames. And is 6.20m x 16.30m
This stainless structure stands in the middle of the main interchange that leads to the campus. It is shining under the sun light both in the morning and in late afternoon. I have not yet found who was the author of this sculpture.
This one is also easy to read. What students do most of the time when they are not working ? They are standing in line ! Standing in line for registration. Standing in line for the restaurant. This is what is represented here.
This is another bus stop. This one is easier to read, showing a face with two eyes and a nose peeping behind the bus stop. These bus stops were built when the campus was not yet completely working. The actual bustops are not were they were built and thus they are not used at all except for sticking posters !
Several of these landmarks were designed as bus stops. This one is along one of the main avenues of the campus but I had never noticed it (and I guess most campus users have not either) until I began to take photos for this page ! I will not try to wander what it is supposed to represent. I let your imagination work ! In the background, the Saint Eynard mount.
This set of stainless devices have remained clearly visible but are now part of the landscape. They are colloquially called "la cafetière" that I dare to translate as "the tea pot" though I know that coffee and tea are different !
During the period the campus was built, art works were scattered in the campus. Some have so well melted into the landscape that they are completely forgotten. This one was designed to reminds of the surrounding mountains. It was made of metal walls holding earth; Nature has so well taken over that it now looks almost natural and that its metal frame is absolutely invisible !
Louis Weill was the Dean of the University that worked hard to build the campus (which is larger than the city of Grenoble). A prestige amphitheater, used only for international meetings, for major conferences has been built and bears its name. It is a parallepiped of reinforced concrete that stands on one of its angles. I have not yet found the name of the architect.
The structure of the library is very special and uses both reinforced concrete and wood that reminds of the "Chalets" of the Alps. Nothing is strait but there are only angles and not a single curved line. On the whole, it fits perfectly into the mountain landscape. Unfortunately, since it was built, trees have grown and it is now almost impossible to have a good shot of the library, showing the whole of its structure.
The Science library is the architectural masterpiece of the campus. It was built in 1962. The architect is Clément-David Cacoud with G. Bovet (urbanist) and E. Pillet (plastician). It has been recently recognized as "Patrimoine du XXème siècle" (Patrimony of the XXth century).