The Cyclop


The Cyclop

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’s 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 far away, take on the right the finger weave track Le Cyclop until the parking. Then take the pedestrian track (10mn by walk).

Groups from 15 to 23 persons every Wednesdays, on Thursdays and Fridays
-upon reservation with the Cyclop’s Association
  • French
  • Mental disability Site, building partially accessible


Opening times

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



Adult: 5.50 to 7.50 €.