Orly airport’s letter’s against illiteracy
Charity sale to benefit ADP Group Foundation

Claude Viallat (born 1936)
U, 2020

The ADP Group Foundation and Artcurial are joining forces to support the fight against illiteracy through the organisation of an exceptional charity auction. Nine of the sixteen monumental letters that have named Paris-Orly airport for more than 50 years, which will be removed in 2019 when the airport was modernised, have been revisited by artists and designers and will be auctioned on 28th June to benefit the ADP Group Foundation.


Fabrice Hyber, Eva Jospin, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost, Hubert le Gall, Mathieu Mercier, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Claude Viallat, Jacques Villeglé and Bernar Venet have expressed their talent on these unique pieces which were the symbol of modernity in the 1960s.


For more than 50 years, the large ORLY SUD and ORLY OUEST lettering has welcomed travellers preparing to board at Paris-Orly. This airport, inaugurated in 1961, is a symbol of the conquering France of the 1960s, the airport which saw the advent of commercial flights and which gave a foretaste of summer holidays to a whole generation. In 1965, with 5 million visitors, it was the most visited monument in France ahead of the Eiffel Tower.




Jean-Michel Othoniel (born 1964)
Le O dans le O, 2020



In 2019, the airport is modernised, Orly Sud and Orly Ouest become one: Paris Orly. The letters on the facades were removed from their bases to make way for the single terminal. A true cultural heritage of the 1960s, these 16 2-metre high letters, designed by the famous Swiss typographer Adrian Frutiger, who is notably credited with the creation of the Univers font, are given a new life with this charity auction.


These works will be offered at auction in the Post War & Contemporary Art Day Sale, which will take place on Monday 28th June at 11am. Each of these letters will be priced at €2,000 and all the funds raised will be donated to the ADP Group Foundation, which has been working to combat illiteracy since 2015 by supporting around fifty projects a year.



Thursday 24th June, 11am - 7pm
Friday 25th June, 11am - 7pm
Saturday 26th June, 11am - 6pm
Sunday 27th June, 2pm - 6pm



Monday 28th June 2021 - 2pm
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