Stoves, © Béatrice Hatala

from October 21 2015 to February 14 2016

Sterling Ruby

Echoing the Paris Conference on Climate Change COP21, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is hosting a work that challenges the public.

Installed in the open air, a series of monumental wood stoves, regularly fed with logs stored nearby, seems to want to cool the atmosphere of the courtyard of the Hotel de Mongelas. A derisory and paradoxical gesture: it is less an allusion to the recent controversies caused by the use of wood fires in Paris than a desire to underline the inconsistency of our environmental management. In general, don't we privilege the satisfaction of immediate interests to the detriment of the durability of our natural habitat?

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It is urgent to intervene. In the effort to change our habits and promote the transition to low-carbon economic models, art can be an effective tool.

Sterling Ruby frequently denounces the failings of a society driven by unbridled consumption and reckless waste. This theme is mixed with autobiographical reminiscences. Indeed, the works are inspired by familiar objects: the stoves that were omnipresent in his childhood, where they were used both to heat homes and to dispose of wood waste in forestry work areas. Sterling Ruby transposes these industrial models into his bronze or steel sculptures, which he wants to keep functional: the work of art can also be used for heating by using wood, which is a renewable energy source.

Sterling Ruby was born in 1972. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Responsable de la communication du musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Ugo Deslandes

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Stoves, © Béatrice Hatala