February 02, 2010

Olivier Jullian, Decorated house


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first three pictures (may 2007) courtesy of  
Claude Vedovini  (Flickr) (click to enlarge)

In the 1990's, when I began collecting information about outsider art environments, I made an annotation about someone named Olivier Jullian who was reported ¹ as active in decorating the facade of his house in the city of Nîmes in the south of France. 

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During all the years thereafter I never came along any information about this site and I also couldn't trace any pictures of it.

However, in 2011 when looking around on Flickr for an item unrelated with the presumed artwork in Nîmes, I saw pictures made by Claude Vedovini and surprise! he had seen the decorations and had made some pictures thereof. With his permission I share his photos in this weblog. 

It appears, there is not only a decorated wall facing the street, but -as can be seen on the next picture- the roof of the house has been decorated with sculptures and constructed ornaments.

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In a earlier version of this post I only could refer to Google's streetview. Try it yourself. You end up in the rue Bec de Lièvre, nr 37, and there it is, the decorated wall on the outside of the house.

Commenting on what I saw on streetview I said that the artwork looked a bit poorly maintained, adding however that the general idea behind the lay out of the creation seemed fine. But that's what I said in 2011, now take a look at below pictures from 2015.... it's a wonderful site !


Indeed, in 2015 I got more information about who made this and when..... On march 30 Dominique Clément in his weblog Hérault Insolite published a note with a series of pictures of the site. He confirmed that indeed Olivier Jullian is the author of this site and he also reported that the decorating of the exterior of the house began in 1995.

And then, on august 22, 2015 the regional journal Midi Libre published an article about Olivier Jullian and his creative activities. This article is hidden behind a pay wall, but anyhow it is the first publication to inform the general public about this art environment

Documentation
* Post in weblog Hérault Insolite (march 2015)
* Article (behind pay wall) in regional newspaper Midi Libre (august 2015)

note
¹ it was a communicaton by Jean-Michel Chesné published in one of the early issues of Zon'art, a magazine (1998-2008) that no longer exists and also is no longer available on internet

first published febr 2010, revised jan 2011, march, aug 2015

Olivier Jullian 
Exterior decorated
37 rue Bec de Lièvre
Nîmes, France
visible from the street
streetview

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