Ocnus’ Rope


Ocnus’ Rope pays hommage to working-class memory and history in Saint-Chamond, France through an outdoor public installation evoking 19th century Gier Valley weaving looms & the labor of blue-collar workers at the Novaciéries Naval Foundries and Steelworks. Commissioned by the city of Saint-Chamond, France, for Novaciéries Hall-in-One in 2020, the work was unveiled during the Scènes Urbaines Public Art Festival. A portion of the work was shown indoors in June 2020 at the gallery Le Lieu Dit in the Lot region of France. Constructed out of 300 used work garments (les bleus de travail), the soft sculpture takes over one wing of the former factory space. It symbolizes a bittersweet garland that celebrates the contributions of previous generations and asks where these blue-collar workers have gone, today?