It will stand in the village of La Roque d'Anthéron,
Artist Jean-Paul Philippe (left) consults with ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot about ''Résonances,'' a sculpture with symbolic references to fusion, ITER, and the energy of Sun and stars. It is planned for the village of La Roque d'Anthéron—located 45 km from ITER, and ''sister city'' to Asciano, Italy (the site of Philippe's best-known work ''Site Transitoire'').
The monument is in the early stages of creation. Jean-Paul Philippe travelled to the travertine quarry in Asciano to choose the stone blocks in October and to plan for their engraving. And last week, he presented a small-scale model to the ITER Director-General and discussed some of the finer details of the nine-metre-tall sculpture planned in La Roque d'Anthéron, as well as of a smaller replica that will be installed at one of the entrances to the ITER site.
The artist has chosen travertine stone—a dense, porous material that is highly decorative when polished. He travelled last month to a quarry in Asciano, Italy, to select the blocks for ''Résonances.''