Massive Sculpture of a Geometric Woman Pops Up in a Train Yard

Pressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David Mesguich

When we think of unexpected installations or graffiti art in general, we don't often imagine something life-size. However, artist David Mesguich uses his background in graffiti and years of creative experience to push the boundaries of his experimental projects. His piece, Pressure 1.2, features a massive geometric sculpture of a female figure gesturing with one raised arm, which Mesguich constructed in his studio before abandoning it near a train yard in Nantes, France.

“I wanted to confront my past practice of being a vandal to my work as a contemporary artist while questioning the concept of control of beings and spaces,” Mesguich tells My Modern Met about the work. Positioned by a fence with one arm hanging over the side, Pressure 1.2 stands at about 4 meters high, or 13 feet. The impressive size of this polygonal sculpture, coupled with the striking angular style, of its execution, makes it a very noticeable fixture of the otherwise industrial area. “It speaks of the balance I have to face between my work as a graffiti writer and as a contemporary artist,” he adds.

Interestingly, Pressure 1.2 involves more than just the sculpture of a woman. After installing the statue, Mesguich also painted the word “user” on a freight car parked close to the piece. This aspect lasted only for a day until the train ultimately left its position. But the sculpture remained where it was, stuck between the fence, until a storm damaged it, sometime later.

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Artist David Mesguich installed a massive sculpture of a polygonal woman near a train yard in Nantes, France.

Pressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David MesguichPressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David Mesguich

Titled Pressure 1.2, this piece stands 4 meters tall, or about 13 feet.

Pressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David MesguichPressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David Mesguich

Mesguich painted the word “user” on a freight car in the background to add to the installation.

Pressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David MesguichPressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David MesguichPressure 1.2 Sculpture Installation by David Mesguich

Watch this video for more insight into how the sculpture came together:

David Mesguich: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by David Mesguich.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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