La Feuille

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After the renovation of the market, begun in April 2017, and its forecourt, renovated in the first half of 2019 ...

... the installation of La Feuille, a new work by Kayo-Houël, completes the requalification of the Halles forecourt.

La Feuille, a new emblem for the Market
Made of bead-blasted stainless steel (bead-blasting is a surface treatment involving the spraying of microbeads onto a stainless steel or aluminum part), Thierry and Michèle Kayo-Houël's monumental La Feuille brings a modern touch to the forecourt of the Marché des Halles.
The sculpture was entirely made locally: designed by the Payns-based artists, with the help of metalworkers Arts et Forges, in La Chapelle Saint-Luc, and Ateliers de Carrosserie Bonenfant, in Buchères, it was transported and installed by Trans Manu Machines, based in Bréviandes, all with the support of the City of Troyes.
La Feuille is reminiscent of the iconic sculpture of the Heart of Troyes, created by the same artists and installed on Quai des Comtes de Champagne.

The work also serves a useful purpose: it acts as a guardrail and conceals the stairwell serving as an emergency exit from the parking lot beneath the forecourt.

At night, colored lighting reveals the sculpture in a new light. The light will change with the seasons: orange in autumn, blue in winter, green in spring and red in summer.

The installation is completed by safety bollards and two benches whose stainless steel backrests echo the sculpture's design.

The leaf in figures :
- bead-blasted stainless steel structure, 3.54 m high, 7.5 m long, 7 m wide,
- 185 linear meters of 42 mm diameter round tube,
- 2.5 tons, including 125 m² of 4 mm-thick stainless steel sheet,
- 140 hours of design, 3D layout and mock-up,
- 1,600 hours of workshop fabrication,
- 40 hours of water-jet cutting,
- 70 hours of bead-blasting, with 1 ton of glass beads projected at 5 bars (pressure force).

An upgraded forecourt
From March 4 to May 29, the Les Halles forecourt was completely redeveloped. The nearly 3,500 m² square was clad with granite paving stones, in the same spirit as the redevelopment of the town center.

The TCAT station was demolished on this occasion, and the agglomeration's transport services are now housed in a commercial unit on rue de la République, at the foot of the Hôtel de Ville.

The new station is used for outdoor markets on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, and offers optimum comfort and safety.