January 17, 2009

Marc Allardon, La Maison d'Eden/The House of Eden


Dudu (from the -former- Eden website)

This post is about two neighbouring environments, the one by Marc Allardon, who really is an outsider and who is the main character in this note, the other is Thierry Ehrmann, a bussiness man, who, in a specific way, is highly involved in the world of modern art.

Life and works of Marc Allardon

Marc Allardon (b. 1961), who runs a dry cleaning enterprise, in 1991 came to live in the small village of Saint-Romain au Mont d'Or, near the city of Lyon, France. He had no artistic or creative aspirations, untill in 1999 his neighbour on the other side of the street, transformed his property into a Demeure du Chaos (an abode of chaos), a project inspired by what he sees as the chaos in the world after 9-11.

Marc Allardon got inspired to mirror this development by transforming his house and garden into a demonstration of happines, a Maison d'Eden, a house of paradise.

He has painted the fence in bright colours, constructed a big snake, a tower of babylon, a Dudu, a statue of Maria and on the roof of the house he put (not ten but thirteen) "commandments" such as "Tolerance", "Utopia" and "Hope".

the snake (also from the -former- website)

The mayor and the council of he village are not amused by these two initiatives and they try by judicial means to have the creations removed.


However, as can be seen from above picture (march 2009), Allardon 's site still is there.

Legal proceedings around the Demeure du Chaos have too many aspects to be dealt with in this blog, but here is a link to a may 2013 article in french journal Le Figaro, with a video (subtitled in english) about the case.

Documentation/more pictures
* Pictures (undated) of the Maison d'Eden on Jean François Marin's website
* The House of Eden had a website, but meanhwile it is down
* The weblog of Thierry Ehrmann.

first published jan 2009, revised march 2013, june 2013

Marc Allardon
La Maison d'Eden
Rue de la République
Saint-Romain au Mont d'Or FR
streetview Eden
streetview Chaos

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