|images courtesy of Sonia Terhzaz, from her website
Montchenu is a small community with about 450 inhabitants (1999) in southern France.
Life and works
The site was created by Michel Nivon (1944-2022), who was a farmer. He was not married and lived with his sister, who was also unmarried, on the family farm where they had both grown up. The farm was located on a dead end road in Montchenu.
Probably partly due to the strict upbringing he had, Nivon was a modest man, who had no worldly desires and generally stayed near the farm. As a result, it is not clear whether he ever visited Cheval's Ideal Palace. He must have heard of it, because references to this creation can be found in the space around the farm that he was going to decorate in his own way.