Linking the road and art, two worlds where travel beckons
Founded in the early 1990s at the initiative of Alain Dupont, Colas Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer between 1987 and 2007, the Colas Foundation seeks to promote works of art in the fields of contemporary painting.
For almost 30 years, the Colas Foundation has supported painting, by ordering works from artists for its collection, as well as commissioning urban art frescoes at the Group’s industrial facilities.
“The idea is to imagine the roads of today and tomorrow and to paint them. Synonymous with dreams, liberty, and exchange, roads link people together, helping to generate economic and cultural wealth. Thanks to the Colas Foundation, roads also inspire artistic creation. (…) In addition to supporting painting and talent, the Colas Foundation helps highlight roads, Colas’ core business, while federating the men and women in the Group around shared cultural values.” (Alain Dupont)
The paintings are then exhibited at a private viewing held at the company's head office in Paris before being hung in the Group's offices and reception areas in France and around the world.
Today, the Colas Foundation owns nearly 350 “Imaginary Roads” worldwide, reflecting current trends in pictorial art and the place of the road in the contemporary world.
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