July 03, 2009

Horace Diaz, l'Arche de Noë/Noah's Arc


I am not quite sure if Horace Diaz' art environment really answers to the name of Noah's Arc, but if not, such a name anyhow would be a good description of what Diaz has created and exposed on a terrain he owned south of the community Lodève, in the Herault-area in France.

Life and works

Horace Diaz (1928-2013) was ten years old when in 1938 his parents moved to France, fleeing from the regime in Spain. Grown up, he had a training as a mason and succeeded in making a career in all kinds of construction works.

One day when he had built a house for a client, he was asked if he also could create a garden around that house, garden ornaments included.

Diaz decided to give it a try. He succesfully created some ornaments and, his interest in sculpting aroused, this became kind of a passion.

Through the years Diaz has made a variety of sculptures mainly depicting animals, some of which were rather large-sized.


To old age Horace Diaz has been active in making sculptures.

He died march 2013.

This site, located in the industrial area of Lodève, was not Diaz' place of living, although there was a (mosaic decorated) pied à terre.


Exposition

Horace Diaz was a respected sculptor. He was a guest of honour in an open air summer exposition in the community of Salasc in southern France (summer 2009). The exposition showed one of Diaz' well known creations, the giraffe.

Photo

The site is no longer extant

Following Horace Diaz' death in march 2013, the sculpture garden has been cleared and the various sculptures now are scattered across private collections.


One of the sculptures, a large crocodile, in 2015 has been added to the garden of the Atelier Musée, an art brut/art singulier museum in Montpellier, southern France, opened for the public april 9th 2016.


The crocodile also appears in the new museum's first affiche.

Documentation
* In her website Les grigris de Sophie Sophie Lepetit has published a large number of pictures of Diaz' creations: november 2012june 2013 and august 2013
* The same goes for the website l'Herault insolite (march 2012)

first published july 2009, revised june, sep 2013, nov 2015, may 2016

Horace Diaz
l'Arche de Noë
Zone Industriel
34700 Lodeve, Herault FR
site no longer extant

5 comments:

  1. Dear Henk, you are just a gold mine ! How you continue to turn these places up just astonishes me ! This one looks like real fun, and the kids might like it too... will have to get down there at some point. Have a great weekend ! Any plans for summer vacation to go look at some of your subjects first hand ?
    Take care and best wishes, Owen

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  2. Hi Owen, It's the snowball effect, I guess, once I started looking after these sites, the one leads you to another. I myself happen to be surprised to locate new spots, and there should be many more in Europe.
    Have yourself a good weekend too. Did you rise early this saterday (you posted at 04.39 hrs!!)...sometimes I wonder how you can make the time to do all the things you do, having a job, going out taking pictures and authoring a weblog full of literary jewels....
    All the best Henk

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  3. Certainly Im loving that vision of the giraffe. How it would look like in the night, as a cut off silohuette by the sky full of stars?
    I agree and also are impressed with the energy and strength Owen always have.
    Have a nice weekend also!!

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  4. horace dies in march 2013 ... RIP ...

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  5. @ Dom, thanks, I have adjusted the text of my post

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