Conceived in 1979, Parc de la langue française remains a work in progress, although various versions have been presented in Quebec, Germany and France. The project aims to create a permanent public park where the words of the French language and their definitions would be printed on small plates and planted in the ground, creating a harmonious landscape with the surrounding nature. The Park would be divided into Word Districts, from A to Z. The park would be a physical dictionary inviting passersby to read the words, the act of reading itself a journey into language.
Words of the dictionary
Parts of the work have been exhibited:
1984: Célébration de Québec 1984. For the first time, the artist presented an excerpt of his Parc de la langue française outdoors. This version featured a selection of words related to the theme of water and wind.
1985: Parc de la langue française, Salon du livre de l'Outaouais, Hull, Québec
1992 : Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany * (The Letter K, excerpt of Parc de la langue française)
1996: Parc de la langue française, La lettre K, Cité internationale, Lyon, France. La Lettre K (excerpt from Parc de la langue française), Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
1998: Excerpt from Parc de la langue française, 50 words presented in the gardens of the Hôtel de Sully (62 rue Saint Antoine, 75004 Paris) during La Semaine de la Francophonie.
Picture: La lettre K (excerpt from Parc de la langue française, 1992)