Tabac, 2019. Staff (plaster, vegetable fibres), wood. 2 x 1.2 x 0.5 m.
The plaster technique of staff seems to me to be a sort of photography in space. Staff reconstructions of several gothic church facades are on permanent display in the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, and in some cases the brut reverse sides of the plaster structures are visible.
Plaster casting expeditions were also dispatched to document iconic buildings from the colonies such as Angkor Wat. These casts were then returned to France and archived in the former Musée de sculpture comparée, later being employed in the reconstruction of monumental structures from the colonies for the Expositions Coloniales of Marseille. A monumental copy of Angkor Wat, for instance, was constructed where one now finds the Vélodrome.