“Near Roissy, giant eyes will be visible from the sky”, an article by Marion Kindermans in Les Echos

20 August 2020

[ECT, a company that recycles excavated soil, will work with architect and town planner Antoine Grumbach to create a work of land art on 320 acres at Villeneuve-sous-Dammartin.

By Marion Kindermans

Spoil from construction sites turns into a work of art. Hills of soil from construction works in the Île-de-France region, accumulated over some years on the soil recycling site of Villeneuve-sous-Dammartin in the département of Seine-et-Marne, will soon be transformed into a green sculpture. On 320 acres and 100 feet high, this is the biggest such site in France.

Two giant eyes, 400 yards long, crowned with the logo of the 2024 Olympic Games, will be visible to nearly 70 million air travellers. This immense site is right in line with the runways of the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, and less than a mile from the future railway station of the Grand Paris Express railway (Line 17) at Mesnil-Amelot.

It’s an exceptional geographic location, which prompted the Île-de-France company ECT, site owners and specialists in re-using excavated soil, and Antoine Grumbach, architect and town planner, to think of this slightly mad land art project. The Prefect of the département of Seine-et-Marne, Béatrice Abollivier, gave official approval to the project at the end of January.]

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