_La face aux miroirs de Niki de Saint Phalle_1987-1991

Jean Tinguely's Cyclop

A unique artistic discovery nestled in the Milly forest, south of Paris. When contemporary art becomes one with nature!

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A sculptural work made of concrete and metal and partly covered with mirrors, as high as a seven-storey building, stands in the heart of the forêt de Milly, south of Paris. It is monumental and mysterious, hidden from view, scrutinizing the environment with its unique golden eye. When the mythological monster awakens, starts to roar and growl, prepare yourself for a total art experience. For Le Cyclop is a unique monument in the history of contemporary art.

Le Cyclop, a collective work of art

Jean Tinguely, his wife Niki de Saint Phalle and their friends started the construction site in 1969. Numerous artists collaborated in a family and festive atmosphere. Without permission and with their own money, they worked with recycled materials. However, Jean Tinguely was regularly vandalised, and in 1987 he had to entrust his work to the French state. Completed 25 years after the first works, Le Cyclop was inaugurated and opened to the public in 1994. It is included in the inventories of the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, a state collection managed by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.

Discover the Jean Tinguely's Cyclop through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

(For security reasons, children under the age of eight (even accompanied) are not allowed to enter the structure).

The Cyclop can also be discovered on the occasion of a bucolic weekend around the house of Jean Cocteau.

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Bois des Pauvres
91490 Milly-la-Forêt

    Days and opening hours

    From 06/04 to 30/06/2024, every Saturday and Sunday between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.
    From 06/07 to 31/08/2024 between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
    From 01/09 to 03/11/2024, every Saturday and Sunday between 10.30 am and 6.30 pm.


    • Full price: 9 € Reduced price: 6 €.
      Free entry for press.


    • Public WC


    • Shop


    • Temporary exhibition


    Spoken languages

    • French

    Guided tour languages

    • English
    • French

    Single services tour

    • Guided inividual tours obligatory
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    Bois des Pauvres
    91490 Milly-la-Forêt

    • Copyright images:
    • CNAP Photo Marc Domage
    • OTMilly
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