This is a megalomania reunion! Louis XIV wanted to dig his Chateau Versailles canal all the way to the ocean: he figured this would make Versailles the biggest port in the world. I don’t know how, but they had stopped him. Now Bernar Venet wants to pierce the earth with a rail, symbolically, of course, marking at the exact angle the entry and the exit points of an imaginary axle by sticking in two rusty steel poles, each 40 meters long, so perfectly aligned vis-a-vis each other that we would believe that this latter-day Archimedes can put the world upside down, or at least spin it in a new direction.
Madmen! were always welcome at Versailles. Louis XV, a chemist of sorts, once met a scientist who had discovered a simple formula which could set the entire world on fire. Recognizing its potential, Louis had paid the gentleman for the secret, then quickly locked the new talent up in the Bastille. The inventors were crowding the hallways of his palace. Introduction to Louis XVI was equivalent to winning a Nobel Prize! Presentation at the Court was like having your articles published in Science! But, digging through the archives can be depressing: it looks like most of these people were obsessed with cars and airplanes.
What we would like to see is ART and the purity of insight. Today Bernar Venet offers us exactly that, the new perspectives and the new fields of vision! Good. Very good. Only, what I really want is to have one of these things on the inside of the Chateau, but this would probably cost a little more than 2.5 million euros. Sponsors, where are you? Show yourselves! You cannot keep all of these masterpieces in LA…, there is la Deffense, of course…, but here at Versailles we were beginning to feel a little left out. Getting in step is a good thing, but getting a little ahead of the curve is even better. So, somebody, please, step up to the plate, Versailles needs you!