‘Nous ne disposons pas un objet dans le paysage. Nous fabriquons du paysage. Et là, il n'y a jamais de fin’.
Words briviste Jean-Guy Soumy puts in the mouth of one of his characters in his book L'œuvre vive (2006). In his words of thanks he refers to the Centre national d’art et du paysage de Vassivière-en-Limousine as an important source of inspiration. The center is located on a hill that became an island in 1952 when the construction of a hydroelectric dam created a new lake.
By the 1980’s the island became a place where sculpture and nature met, in 1983 the first exhibition ‘L’ile aux pierres’ was organized, by 1987 the institution was projected and by 1991 an exhibition space by Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre was added.
Worth mentioning on the waters-edge were Andy Goldsworthy’s Sans titre (1992) consisting of two circular walls, one in the forest on land the other mostly submerged in the lake, Jean-Pierre Uhlen’s Steinland (1990) and Marc Linder’s Sans titre (1983).
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