May 17, 2010

René Pecqueur, Jardin décoré/Decorated garden

all pictures courtesy of Marguerite Tartart

René Pecqueur (1933-2003), a conductor of engines, lived in the community of Louches, in the department of Pas-de-Calais, not far from the coastal city of Calais.

One day in the 1980's he decided to start some creative activity just to fill the empty hours (the reports differ about the year he actually began).

Pecqueur must have been active in making his creations for at least some twelve, but probably more years.

He first constrructed a mill with rotating blades. Thereafter, in a very personal creative style, Pecqueur constructed kind of candelabra's and tree-like structures, with brightly coloured, lively scenes at the end of the branches.

Some scenes have been executed as kind of displays with movable elements, children (and adults who were not afraid to be found childish) could freely turn around.

The decorated garden has attracted a lot of visitors, not only locals, but also interested people from farther away.

When in 2000 mrs Pecqueur suddenly died, René Pecqueur, overcome with grief, stopped working on his creations and in 2003 he ended his life.

The site has been demolished

Although a number of people who took interest in the site, warned the authorities and asked them to take measures to save (at least some of) the creations, no action was taken and in 2004 the site was demolished. As far as I know nothing has been left.

What remains are memories. And pictures, like the ones by Marguerite Tartart, partly republished in this post, but originally published on a webpage in memory of René Pecqueur created by a regional historical society.

* Webpage by Michel Cabal about Pecqueur

René Pecqueur
Jardin décoré
Louches, Pas-de-Calais, France
site demolished

1 comment:

  1. Another crime but Henk ,then again, is a luck that some pictures can be heritage and witness of the existance and legacy of such a man and his work. The art surpass and overcome the limits of the material existance and embrace immortality, where it really belongs.