March 15, 2010

André Morvan, Jardin sculpté/Sculpture garden



picture from the french magazine Zon'art ¹

Above scene can be seen when driving the road from Auray to Quiberon in the Morbihan area of Brittany in France. To take a better look stop at the road-side café at the spot known as Mont Salut, and sit down on the terrace
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Life and works

These sculptures from tree stumps have been made by André Morvan who was born in the early 1930's and all his life has lived around the Mont Salut location.

Morvan had a job as a carpenter and he probably began making the wooden sculptures once he had become retired.

picture courtesy of Sophie Lepetit

Fascinated by old trees and tree stumps, he would see all kind of personalities and representations in these trunks and by adapating them he succeded in bringing their soul to life.

The sculptures are exposed all around the café. Some of them are between two and three meters high.


More pictures and documentation
* pictures on weblog les grigris de Sophie (febr 7, 2011)
* in Sophie's  blog also a note by Michel Leroux (in french); with his friendly permission a translation into english is available in OEE-texts: Michel Leroux, From Hell, I made paradise

note
¹  Zon'art magazine (published from 1998 till 2008) is no longer available on the internet

first published march 2010, revised febr 2011, febr 2012, oct 2014

André Morvan
Jardin sculpté
Mont-salut
56400 Ploemel, Brittany, France
can be seen from the road
(and if you order a drink you can sit on the terrace and watch from there)
streetview

7 comments:

  1. Henk, this looks absolutely fabulous, I'm definitely going to go take a look the first chance I get... and yet again, this is another place I'd never heard of.

    You never cease to amaze me...

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  2. Hi Owen, Did you note that I introduced Google's streetview in the adress? Makes it possible to virtually look around yourself.
    Taking a look you can see how extended the site is...all these sculptures on a row...)
    (Just thought about this possibility some weeks ago. Rather funny to use such a gadget in a post. There is also such a link in the Victor IV post, with a beautiful view of the Amstel river in Amsterdam)

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  3. Hello,

    I've been reading your blog for a few months now and thought I'd finally say hi. I've really been enjoying your posts, and next time I'm in Brittany I definitely plan to try and look in on café Mont Salut. Thanks!

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  4. Hi, thanks for saying hi ;-))
    Am glad you like what I am writing about. The Morbihan area has a lot to offer visitors, like wonderful megalithic sites. beaches and nice villages and small cities. And Mont Salut would be a nice stop for a drink. All the best!

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  5. Nothing more to say Henk, but that indeed another fascinating post. Wooden sculptures, all of those sculptures as a matter of fact, are superb, they all gice such a surrealistic mood to the place, it would be gret go there and take more pics.
    Wish you a great weekend,, all the best!!

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  6. Hi again,

    Yes, I love Morbihan, and you're right about the megalithic sites and beaches. The first time I went through that part of the world was to see Carnac, which is just amazing. My husband has family in Brittany, though not in Morbihan, but hopefully I'll make it down there again this summer.

    Also, I am thinking of making a blog roll over on my blog... would it be it alright to add a link to you?

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  7. @jodi
    Hi, of course, I would welcome a link to my blog, thanks a lot.

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