participatory project
Come and take part in this project !

The Ephemeral City

Olivier Grossetête

DU 17 AU 30 JUILLET 2017 - Parc de la Villette

Gigantic cardboard buildings

In Mexico City, Sydney, Helsinki... and now in Paris, plastic artist Olivier Grossetête imagines in the course of his travels gigantic cardboard sculptures, some of which can reach 80 feet in height and weigh over a ton. These site-specific structures are an opportunity for the public to take part in an unprecedented human and artistic experience: coming together to build, without a crane or any type of machine, a utopian and ephemeral construction. Residents, tourists, passers-by, young and old – everyone is invited to participate in the performance which relies exclusively on the energy and hands of the participants. From the construction of the first boxes to the final demolition, it is collective strength which enables the materialization of what was at first a "childhood dream".


Supported by Smurfit Kappa France and RAJA


Come and take part in building the Ephemeral City!

Workshops will be organized every day under the canopy of la Grande Halle to prepare the structures that will be erected on the Place de la Fontaine aux Lions.

To participate in this incredible adventure, get in touch with us right now: publics(at)
Of course, you are also welcome to join in at any time. Whether you decide to come alone, with a friend, with your family, or as a group, there will always be something for you to do on our utopian construction site.




Monday to Friday - 10am to 12 and 1pm to 4pm
Péristyle de la Grande Halle de La Villette
Reservations mandatory for groups of 8 people and more. Please contact : publics(at)


Monday to friday - 4pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday - all day from 11am !
Place de la Fontaine aux Lions, La Villette
Free access with no reservation



  • Monday 17 July - 10am00
    Parc de la Villette