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Limoges : Saint-Étienne Bridge

Mister Paul Wong’s virtual reality visit in Limoges. Clear skies, summer temperatures, sunny days. White dressed, wearing an Asian hat, barefoot, dark glasses, mister Wong, disorientated, materializes himself in the entrance of the Bridge Saint-Etienne, square of Compostelle, with between hands, a computer, a screen, a spatiotemporal window of a digital journey.

(Translated from french)

Paul Wong

Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early video art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, conferences and public
interventions since the 1970s.

With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental in Canadian contemporary art and the larger art ecology.

Born in Prince Rupert (British Columbia) in 1954, Paul Wong has shown and produced projects throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is in numerous private collections and is the recipient of several major commissions and grants.
Wong is the winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art for outstanding contribution to the field of video art in 1992. He was the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002 and the inaugural winner of the Trailblazer Expressions Award in 2003, created by Heritage Canada, the National Film Board, and CHUM Limited (one of Canada’s leading media companies and content providers).
In 2005, Paul Wong received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art for outstanding contributions to the field.
In 2008 he was awarded Best Canadian Film or Video at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival...

http://paulwongprojects.com/

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Tourism: Limoges: Saint-Étienne Bridge

It is one of the two medieval bridges of Limoges (with the bridge Saint Martial). The construction began at the very beginning of the 13th century and then the bridge was repeatedly reshaped. It is a bridge with fronts-beaks, 130 meters long. It was protected till the end of the 19th century by a wood pigeon; a vast comb of skeleton intended to retain the trains of floated wood which came down from the mountain to feed china factories and carpenters’ workshops.
Situated at the foot of the medieval district Saint-Etienne, you will just have to do some steps for being able to admire the Gothic cathedral Saint-Etienne, the half-timbered houses and the characteristic paved streets of the old districts of Limoges.
Have a break in the gardens of the Bishop’s palace (“Jardins de l’Evêché). You will discover a formal garden, a vast botanical garden and an ecological space presenting the natural environments of Limousin. Furthermore, terraces offer a remarkable point of view on the edges of the Vienne River.
In the old episcopal palace, the Museum of the Fine Arts contains real treasures: quite unique collection of enamels, impressionistic paintings (in particular those of Renoir who was born in Limoges), objects come from the bottom of ages (of Limoges Gallo-Roman as of old Egypt).
Finally, you could visit the Museum of the Resistance which presents the various forms and the actions of the local resistance through a collection of objects, weapons and authentic documents.

Office de tourisme de Limoges
12 Boulevard de Fleurus
87000 Limoges

05 55 34 46 87
www.limoges-tourisme.com