Here I’m preparing the groundwork on another “Vauban” artwork… this being a 120 x 75 cms canvas. In the foreground is a pastel drawing on folded, or creased, paper which I finished this week in preparation for a solo exhibition opening in a months time in La Roche Posay - a spa town in the Vienne not far from where I live.
Maréchal Vauban, or Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), is considered one the of the greatest military engineers of all time. In his life he was responsible for the fortification of over 160 places in France, however his major contribution to warfare was his methods of attack, which revolutionised siege warfare.
His works are impressive, and I recently visited La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast to see for myself the scale of his achievements. For inspiration I ‘deconstruct’ parts of his designs for my own artwork… which prompts me to title the series as “Vauban Confused”, although he certainly wasn’t remotely like that in his strategic planning of defences which have stood attack and the test of time for several centuries.
Image / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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