The old Comblanchien stone quarry is ready for a new cultural season. La Karrière is open to the public every weekend until October.
At the foot of the huge frescoes painted on the walls of La Karrière, about fifteen volunteers are busy. They prepare spaces for the public, from recycled pallets.
Since April 16, La Karrière has reopened to the public on weekends. “And at the end of each month, we meet visitors from Friday night to Sunday night, with an animation on the theme of the month.“, explains Thomas Lignier, operational manager of La Karrière. The 2022 program focuses on the main arts: architecture in April, writing and literature in May, music in June, sculpture in July.
The several-meter-high frescoes that made La Karrière famous are still there. One of them, the “glazier”, should disappear in June, replaced by a new work whose author has not yet been designated. “It is one of the oldest on the site. We update them over time.“, explains Thomas Lignier.
In total, 15 frescoes are shown to visitors. Since 2016, it has been a second life for this stone quarry in Comblanchien, abandoned in 2003 after the operator ceased operations.
“Initially, the rehabilitation was an idea of the mayor of Villars-Fontaine, passionate about contemporary art. There was a whole process around the Climates of BurgundyThomas Lignier remembers. In 2015, the very special terroir of Burgundy wines entered the UNESCO World Heritage List.. “In this approach, there was also the need to integrate all this landscape of quarries that makes our specificity.”
Throughout the season, La Karrière offers its open stage to artists who want it. In addition to the frescoes, a mason is currently finishing his rose window, carved in the stone itself.
► Find the schedules and program on the La Karrière website.