With the return of sunny days, it’s often more tempting to take a walk outside than lock yourself in a museum. But in recent years, art has gone green in many places, allowing you to enjoy the joys of nature as you gaze at the works. Near Rennes, two private parks are transformed each year into an open-air museum and are home to monumental sculptures and installations.
In Châteaubourg, east of Rennes, the Ar Milin’ park and its five hectares of greenery offer a wonderful playground for artists. Owned by the Burels, a family of industrialists who also manage the hotel-restaurant Ar Milin’ (mill in Breton) at the entrance to the park, it has housed the Jardin des Arts for twenty years. An event that “aims to be a showcase of current art”, according to Gisèle Burel, president of the association Les Entrepreneurs Mécènes, and which has allowed the work of 130 artists and more than 300 works to be presented since its creation. knowledgeable or neophyte public.
Land art or the art of using nature to constitute the work
For its 20th edition, which opens this Sunday, the Jardin des Arts has chosen to take an interest in land art, “a contemporary artistic current that uses nature to constitute the work or leaves the work in nature until its destruction.” Well-known artist of this movement, the British Chris Drury used stones and pieces of wood found in the park to design his work. The energy of a row of stones brand of mysticism “It’s the context of a place that will determine how I treat a work,” he says.
In this magnificent green environment, Rainer Gross has installed strange structures made of wooden elements around the centuries-old trees that populate the park. Asked about the meaning of his work, the German artist prefers to kick the contact. “He left the interpretation free to the visitors,” he says. Walking through the park, some visitors may not even see it. Others will be surprised or find that it distorts nature. The artist can give the keys but it’s up to the public to open the doors”.
More than 60,000 visitors each year to the Château des Pères park
In Piré-Chancé, about fifteen kilometers from Châteaubourg, the Château des Pères park, which covers 31 hectares, also offers a collection of monumental sculptures open free of charge throughout the year. Founder of the homonymous construction group and owner of the premises, Jean-Paul Legendre wanted to share his passion for sculpture and contemporary art in this place by creating this place open to all.
And the success is there, as the park sees more than 60,000 visitors parade each year, making it the fourth most frequented natural space in Ille-et-Vilaine. How nature and culture can go hand in hand.