• Historic site and monument

Sculpture: La Grande Echelle

La Grande Echelle symbolizes with humour the social ladder (Semser Charles, 1973).

Historic site and monument Sculpture: La Grande Echelle Passy


Passy (74190)
Animals allowed
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
Average duration of an individual visit : 00h10

This large sculpture in reinforced concrete and dyed in the mass is a satire of desire for power over the primitive society. The main structure consists of a large couple that form the A of Africa. This is beset by a multitude of small figures whose function and precarious balance symbolize different human characteristics in our society. Born in Philadelphia (United States) in 1922, Semser lives and works in the region of Paris since 1949.

Possibility to visit the Church of Notre Dame de Toute Grace and the Heritage Centre in Plateau d'Assy.


Free for individual visitors. Fee-paying visits available with a local heritage guide.


Animals allowed
Languages of documentation : French
Languages visits : French
Languages informatives signs : French


Accessible all year round

Labels and rating

20th C

  • Pets welcome
  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Themed tour
  • Tour free of charge
  • Car park
  • Coach parking


Place Théophile Vallet Plateau d'Assy 74190 Passy

Post Office car-park

More informations

Information update on 28/10/2021 by Office de Tourisme de Passy