Yet the statue at the Place de la Républic is a central point in the capital and the life of the city. It is at its feet that the French find themselves every time the nation has faced great challenges where they come together in the defense of their rights. By making the Statue of the Républic the venue for his installation “Unity”, Quentin Carnaille seizes the symbols conveyed by it.
A glance at the top of the monument invites the viewer to consider Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic. A little lower, attention falls on three statues that represent the French republic: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” Each sculpture’s hair is covered with a twoway mirrored cube with one of the sides equipped with LED lights.
During the day, the viewer can contemplate their own reflection in the cubes while seeing different statues in the building. Through this game of mirrors, the individual is evoked and acts as a replacement for the values of the Republic. At first, “liberty” brings to mind individuality, a unique and singular character. Then one is led to the question of one’s rights and those of others through “Equality.” And finally one reaches the last element of the nation’s motto, “Fraternity,” where the ego defining “me” spreads to several others who come together as “we” in which a new unity is created.