Fitting stones

Through an innovative collaboration between hi-tech robots and local stone carvers, this project uses a centuries-old material to create new narratives on history and preservation of a place and its artifacts.

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What happens when design and technology meet heritage and artifacts?

The land where the Parc des Ateliers is situated today was, several centuries ago, home to a Roman cemetery. In the late 19th century, it was bought by the French railways to create train workshops, which were discontinued a century later. Through time, some buildings remained while others were demolished, leaving remnants throughout the site, unused and ignored for years. In total, the site is home to 561 large building stones of various shapes and sizes, weighing from 200-600 kg each.

The site’s current functions determine these stones need to adapt to their new environment, becoming micro-architectural elements such as urban furniture, a fountain, or a shelter from the strong southern European sun. Using 3D scanning and robotics, in collaboration with stone carvers, archeologists, and historians, the project initiates a relationship between new digital tools and local activities.

Project team

  • Thibault Brevet

    Designer

    Berlin, Germany

  • Brynjar Sigurdarson

    Artist and designer, Studio Brynjar & Veronika

    Berlin, Germany

  • Veronika Sedlmair

    Artist and designer, Studio Brynjar & Veronika

    Berlin, Germany

  • Simon Darves-Blanc

    Stone craftsman, DBS Pierre, Archeomed

    Arles, France

  • Marie-Pierre Rothé

    Archeologist, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Fabrice Denise

    Cultural heritage curator - head of department of public, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Julien Boislève

    Toichographologue, INRAP

    Metz, France

  • Hélène Degand

    Industrial heritage researcher, University Le Havre Normandie

    Le Havre, France

  • Jean-Louis Paillet

    Architect and archeologist, CNRS/IRAA

    Aix-en-Provence, France

  • Atelier santons Arterra

    Santon maker

    Marseille, France

  • François Arnoul

    Director, 3D Avenir

    Lisses, France

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