Tour of the 29 municipalities of Pays de Montbéliard, from 10 November to 10 December 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the Belfort – Montbéliard TGV station, which it will join on 11 December 2011.
Peugeot 504 pick-up, plexiglass, electrical system; video filmed in DV cam (37 minutes) © Pierre Malphettes & gallery kamel mennour, Paris
Born in 1970 in Paris, lives and works in Marseille.
Equipped with a magenta light box, the mythical 504 Peugeot, transformed by the French visual artist Pierre Malphettes, is the star of a road movie, Firefly. Filmed during a journey from Marseilles to the borders of Scotland, the 504 Luciole brings its poetic note to the urban and natural landscapes and reconnects with the magic of the journey.
Bearer for travel dreams, 504 Firefly went to meet those who gave it life in 1968. Retired volunteers from the largest industrial site in France, PSA Sochaux, who celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, mediated the work in the 29 municipalities to collect travel stories, broadcast daily on France Bleu radio. After its stay in Belfort – Montbéliard TGV, the 504 firefly joined the museum of the Peugeot Adventure on March 28, 2012.
Look at history
Just like William Turner, and his famous Rain, Steam, Speed, 1844 (© National Gallery, London), Pierre Malphettes celebrates the modern beauty of the machine and its mobility in the landscape. Its “ORNI” (not identified rolling object !) evokes in its phosphorescent wake the marriage of fairy electricity with the thermic engine. Its finally winks at the 25th anniversary of the famous “Christmas lights” of Montbéliard in 2011 …
Look at our society
In order for the work to “stay home”, a call for popular philantropy was launched. Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération is particularly involved in issues of new mobility : by the presence of the headquarters of the “vehicles of the future” pole, and of course by its new TGV station, France’s first “eco-mobile” station.
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