F E B R U A R Y 11,  2013


фото в начале текста Sculpture in the Mountains – Poem in Space


The Georgian filmmaker Tengiz Abuladze closed his film Repentance (1984) with an old woman asking the question: “What is a road for, if it doesn’t lead to a temple?” I remember discussing for days on end both the film and that question – daring for its time – with my classmates. I couldn’t even imagine then that a time would come when I myself would cite that question. Let me remark that the mountain road referred to as the Route of Sculpture and leading to the Notre Dame de Toute-Grâce (see The Temple of Art in Passy) merits attention and admiration not only because it leads to the Temple.

The place in itself is, beyond doubt, beautiful and charged with energy, but it had occurred to someone to bring it to perfection. In 1973 an artistic undertaking, Sculptures in the Mountains – A Poem in Space, was initiated at the foothills of the Alps 70 km away from Geneva.


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The 33-year-old French poet Jean-Pierre LEMESLE, who visited it and was inspired by the beauty of local nature, suggested that sculptures by contemporary artists that would blend harmoniously with the local mountainscape be placed on the plateau d’Assy. He thought it was a new form of poetry in space, a monumental dialogue between art and nature.

Sculpture was to serve as words with the mountains providing the backing. Lemesle suggested that art be taken out of museums and brought as close as possible to Nature and viewers. The idea was approved and warmly supported by the local authorities, who thought it would promote the three-pronged purpose of building up health, promoting art and developing tourism.

Sculptors of Europe, America and Japan responded to the invitation to join the project. Of the thirty presented works they chose five that best blended with the landscape – sculptures by Calder, Féraud, Cardenas, Gardy Artigas and Semser.

From 1989 on masterpieces by Gosselin, Dupuy, Romy, Roussi, Brunelli and Sandel were added to the Route of Sculpture. In 2010 Colette Cossin contributed her work to the project.



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This year the Passy commune marks the 40th anniversary of the Route of Contemporary Sculpture. The local landscape sculpture collection may well be replenished again, and some of you may shortly find your own road to the Temple, which is what we wish you.