Saturday, July 14, 2012

Field Trip: The Gandini House

Tucked away in a suburb of Paris, the tiny city of Montrouge is home to a very creative piece of property. The Gandini House was visualized and created by Aldo Gandini, a mason. At age 16, he moved to France with his father, who was also a mason. Both of them were employed in construction by the city of Montrouge. At age 40, Gandini had an accident that left him at home almost all of the time. This is when he began creating his mosaics. The mosaics took over 25 years to accumulate into the piece of art that still stands today. Gandini passed away at age 75 in 1985 and the house was sold in 1994. The works are still viewable from the street, though the current owners have no desire to show the home to strangers.

Located at 1 Avenue de Verdun, the Gandini house is an anomaly for its location.

The house as viewed from the street

Lovely details- the number '1' is done in gold

An intricate underwater-themed wall leads guests up the front steps

A detail of the mosaic

The house is viewable from the street. It is accessible from the Châtillon-Montrouge station (line 13) on the Paris Métro. From the station, walk down Avenue Marx Dormoy until you come to Avenue de la République. After turning left onto the avenue, go up a few blocks then take a left onto Rue Racine. At the next intersection, make a left and the house will be a few doors up on the right. It is about a 15-20 minute walk. The Porte d'Orleans station (line 4) is a mile or two away also. There are many town maps of Montrouge at various street corners around the city, so it is difficult to get lost.

1 Avenue de Verdun
92120 Montrouge, France

Also, you can view the Outsider Art Environments Europe post about this residence.
See more detailed images of the mosaics at this website.

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