The Cyclop by Jean Tinguely

Milly-la-Forêt

The Cyclop by Jean Tinguely

A unique artistic discovery hidden in the forest of Milly-la-Forêt

In the heart of the wood of Milly-la-Foret hides a 22.50 meter sculpture of 350 tons of steel. A concrete sculptural work, made of metal and covered partially with mirrors, high as a seven-storeyed building, it takes center stage at the heart of the forest of Milly. Monumental and hidden, it scrutinizes the environment with its unique and golden eye. When the mythological monster wakes up, starts up and mutters, the visitor is invited to enjoy an experience of total art.
Jean Tinguely, his wife Nikki de St Phalle and their friends began the building site in 1969. Numerous artists collaborated in a family and festive atmosphere. Without authorization and with their own deniers, they worked from recycled materials.
But the Cyclop being regularly vandalized, Jean Tinguely had to entrust his big work to the French State in 1987. Finished 25 years after the first works, the Cyclop is inaugurated and opened to the public in 1994. It is registred on the inventories of the National Art collection of contemporary art, a state collection managed by the National Centre for the Visual Arts (CNAP).

Due to security measures, children under 8 years old (even accompanied) can’t come inside the sculpture.

Access: Highway A6, egress point 13 Milly-la-Foret, direction Milly-la-Foret. At the traffic circle arriving to Milly, direction Etampes (D837). 200 meter ahead, turn right on the finger wave track "Le Cyclop" until the parking. Then walk for 10 minutes on the pedestrian track leading to the sculpture.

Groups from 15 to 23 persons are welcome every Wednesdays, on Thursdays and Fridays. Please book your visit in advance with the Cyclop Association.
  • French
  • Public WC Outhouse
  • Shop
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Mental disability Site, building partially accessible

Position

Opening times

From 06/04 to 20/10, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6.30 pm.

Prices

Prices

Full price: 7.50 €
Reduced price: 5.50 € (Children, students, unemployed, handicapped)
Group adults: 6.50 to 7.50 €
Group children: 5 to 5.50 €.