Exhibition of archive images dedicated to the "Tigra" bicycles organised on the sidelines of the Tour de Romandie in a large ephemeral ring-shaped construction.
For the passage of the Tour de France cyclist through the Vallée de Joux in July 2022, and then for the arrival of a stage of the Tour de Romandie at Le Sentier on 26 April 2023, Vallée de Joux Tourisme and its partners wanted to mark the occasion by setting up an ephemeral installation visible from the sky. The objective: to highlight the cultural, natural and industrial wealth of the region.
This ephemeral architecture, signed by the Vaud designer and architect Fabien Roy, proposes a sculpture symbolising the pure geometry of the ring. This form, directly linked to cycling, also refers to the watchmaking heritage of the Vallée de Joux. Made up of 5 km of wooden slats from local forests, the installation, once dismantled, will be used in the construction sector and will therefore not generate any waste. The construction was carried out by the company Etienne Berney SA in Le Brassus.
The installation, designed to be revealed to television viewers by aerial images during the passage of the Tour de France and the Tour de Romandie, is also intended to be interactive for those present on site. Thus, by following the interior path in a clockwise direction, an exhibition can be discovered in connection with cycling. 24 panels retrace the great years of the "Tigra" bikes and the cycling team of the same name, dear to their creator Paul-Edouard Piguet.
Paul-Edouard, a child of the Vallée de Joux, spent his entire youth at Derrière-la-Côte in Le Sentier. A man of extremely modest origins, his courage, determination and entrepreneurial spirit made him a personality whose actions left their mark on the region. The creation of the Paul-Edouard Piguet Foundation has enabled and still enables the realisation of cultural, economic, tourist and social projects contributing to the development and well-being of the Vallée de Joux and its inhabitants.