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08 July 2022

Vaisseau, stainless steel sculpture by the sculptor Hélène Vans

"Vaisseau", a stainless steel sculpture measuring 1.90m x 1.60m x 0.60m, installed in 2020 at the entrance to the central garden of a housing estate in Bezons. Commissioned by the company First Avenue, Paris.

Crézé’s expertise in creating stainless steel sculptures

As part of the Ministry of Culture’s “one building, one work” program, First Avenue commissioned sculptor Hélène Vans to create a sculpture for the entrance to the central garden of a housing development in Bezons.

Bead-blasted stainless steel is a type of finish for stainless steel materials that creates a rough, textured surface. This type of metal finish can add an interesting visual dimension to a sculpture, and can also improve its resistance to wear. In general, stainless steel sculptures can be difficult to work with due to their hardness, but they also offer excellent resistance to corrosion and rust, making them particularly suitable for outdoor use.

Designed by Crézé

Our work on the Vaisseau sculpture

The term “vessel” can refer to a boat or a ship. In the context of a bead-blasted stainless steel sculpture, “vessel” is likely to refer to a spaceship or fictitious space object.

Starting from a set of drawings and ellipse prints exploring notions of anti-gravity and mobility, artist Hélène Vans worked with a company using 3D software and providing the printing technique for the model. The Crézé company in Rennes was entrusted with the production.

Other sculptures are currently being prepared in this formal continuity. This initiative was supported by the mayor of the town of Bezons, with the aim of bringing contemporary art to the town.

Sculptor Hélène Vans was awarded the Nominé Prior prize as part of a team comprising the private owner, project manager Pierre Gommier, heritage architect, and Crézé and Louis Geneste, for the creation of the bas-relief sculpture “La danse du Cosmos” in mirror-polished stainless steel and Ti Rose Gold-tinted stainless steel at the Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel at the Carrousel du Louvre on October 27, 2019, by the association “Le Geste d’Or”.