French Minister for Sports presents gift to Canterbury
The organisation, headed by Jean-François Tordo, former captain of the French XV-a-side Rugby Team, provided financial support to French sculptor, Laurence Bonnel, to create this masterpiece as a gift to the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders at the time of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The giant 2.3m resin creation is also intended to pay homage to the residents of Christchurch and to illustrate the solidarity of les Amoureux du rugby for Canterbury’s rugby community.
During his stay in New Zealand, French Minister for Sports, David Douillet, who was in Auckland for the semi-final between France and Wales and the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, was honoured to have the opportunity to show France’s ongoing support for the people of Canterbury.
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Biography of artist Laurence Bonnel
Laurence Bonnel was born in 1976 in Paris. From an early age, she began to draw and attend art history classes. After studying the Arts, focusing on the artist’s style, at the Sorbonne from 1993 to 1997, she took up sculpting in 1998. Laurence worked with several masters in order to learn different techniques: modelling, direct carving, welding, casting, patina…
Her first exhibition was held in 2003 at the Galerie Nose in Paris, and then in Brussels. In 2008, following the exhibitions of several of her sculptures at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2006, the galleries Jane Griffiths in Val d’Isère and Marie-Laure de l’Ecotais in Paris promoted her work. The following northern autumn, the gallery Fuxin of Shanghai, Las Vegas and New York displayed her work at international art fairs. Her artwork is thus present in private collections in France, Geneva, Gstaad, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, London and New York. The Fondation Datris for contemporary sculpture at l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue near Avignon acquired one of her monumental sculptures in 2010. Laurence is currently working on a bronze project measuring 30m in length which will be installed this November at a private collector’s residence.
The artist questions the world by showing the interaction of lonely individuals. Their outlines evoke human relationship and the expectations we place on one another.
The sculpture L’Enjeu (At Stake) marks a turning point in her work: after working with the simple line, she has now created movement in her sculpture through multiplying the number of lines and curves. Movement becomes embodied in matter.