picture (from the 1970's) courtesy
of Christine, weblog Chtitine
Above picture was taken in the 1970's when the photographer traveled in the north of France and passed the small community of le Doulieu (west of Lille) on her way to Belgium.
The picture shows the wooden models created by Jean-Baptiste Bouriez. He worked in agriculture and began his creative activity around 1952. His models were displayed in the not very large space in front of his house along the Grande Rue (at the same time the D18 departmental road) that crosses the village.
One will recognize an Eiffel tower. The site also had models of the Notre Dame in Paris, the local church in le Doulieu and the lighthouse at le Havre. It would take Bouriez much time to repaint the items, which he did every springtime. (I derive this information from the book by Francis David, see documentation).
To my knowledge, the internet has no biographical or other information about Bouriez. Likewise, above picture is one of the very few I could trace on the web. Another picture, from David's book, is on the weblog of Jean-Michel Chesné.
The photo in question is shown below:
this photo (1983) © Francis David and © Lille Art Museum
from the website Habitants-paysagistes (from march 2018 on)
This photo became available to those interested in art environments when the Lille Art Museum in march 2018 on their new website Habitants-paysagistes published pictures from the collection donated by Francis David to the museum.
The site has been destroyed
I do not know when this has happened, but probably after Bouriez died (in the 1990's ?) the site has been destroyed. All models have disappeared and currently nothing has been left of this environment.
* Short article and some pictures in Francis David, Guide de l'art insolite: Nord/Pas de Calais, Picardie. Paris (Herscher), 1984 (occasionally available antiquarian)
* Website Habitants-paysagistes (Lille Art Museum, from march 2018 on) has a series of pictures of the site (1983) made by Francis David
first published dec 2011, last revised march 2018
(formerly) Grande Rue
le Doulieu, dept Nord, region Hauts-de-France, France