September 06, 2009

André Gourlet, Jardin de sculptures/Sculpture garden

this picture and the next one (july 2009) 
courtesy of Francois (Petit Patrimoine website)

Here we have Don Quichotte and Sancho Panzo en route in Brittany, France.

Life and works

This scene was created by André Gourlet (b. 1927). The sculptures are on display in the garden of his house in the community of Riec sur Belon, not far from Pont Aven in Britanny, France.

Currently retired, Gourlet, like his father, was a carpenter from childhood on. During his professional life he also has done a lot of woodworking, for example by decorating wooden furniture.

He has made brightfully coloured sculptures of people and animals. In his workshop he has a large collection of smaller sculptures of religious and breton characters.

Gourlet is still actively making sculptures. In 2012 he added the biblical personality Asmodee to the collecton (picture above).

Gourlet is a respected citizen in his community and has earned local fame as a sculptor. The mayor one time happened to call him a "facteur cheval riécois" (a compliment of course, but not very accurate from an artistic point of view, since Cheval made singular architecture and Gourlet makes sculptures).

More pictures
* weblog of Sophie Lepetit:
   - november 2011 article and pictures
   - details of the sculptures
   - may 2012: a new sculpture

André Gourlet
Jardin de sculptures
19 rue Mélanie Rouat
29340 Riec sur Belon, Brittany, France
visitors are welcome 

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