December 05, 2008

Robert Mathey, Jardin de pierres/Stone garden

this picture and the next one from the website Archilibre

Alas is a small village in the Ariège area in the south of France.

Life and works

Robert Mathey¹ (1918-2008) had a job at the Roissy airport in Paris. He owned a summer house in Alas and when retired, in the late 1970's or early 1980's he went to live permanently in this house.

One day he got the idea to construct a terrace in his garden, which is located along the bank of the small river Lez that crosses the village.

Once he had constructed this terrace, he probably felt attracted to continue making such constructions, a feeling which isn't uncommon for retired people.

So for some 25 years he has been engaged in making an art environment in and along the river. using stones from the river to make sculptures, totems and singular architecture, some several meters high and decorated with inscriptions and symbols.

On a big rock in the river he constructed kind of a castle, a few meters high, a construction that at least three times has been washed away by the swollen river (and was rebuilt just as often).

Mathey passed away in 2008 at age 90,
Documentation, more pictures
* Video by Patrick Couserance (Youtube, summer 2011, 6'14")

* The website of the department  with a short article about this environment
* Pictures on the Art Insolite website
* Article in weblog mespetitspapiers (october 2012) with a lot of pictures
* Mathey's creations on Sophie Lepetit's weblog (june 2015)

¹  During his life Mathey wanted to stay anonymous. After his death, however, his name has become publicly known, so I feel free to publish it here also.

first published dec 2008, last revised feb 2017

Robert Mathey
Jardin de pierres
Alas, dept Ariège, region Occitanie, France
can be visited following a small public path along the river

1 comment:

  1. Peut-être pouvez vous renvoyer vos lecteurs vers la note de mon propre blog qui donne quelques éléments d'information supplémentaire?: