Last year, despite health restrictions, Salvador Garcia, director of Bonlieu Scène nationale, and organizer – with many partners – of the Annecy Paysages festival, saw the big picture: a four-kilometer hike organized on the Semnoz mountain. , in the company of a hundred artists, scattered along the route.
This year, for the fourth edition (1), he did it again, despite the persistence of the pandemic: ten nocturnal picnics were organized with music in the 6,000 m2 of the so-called “rails” wasteland, ten minutes walk from the center of Annecy, redeveloped as “A giant work of art” : the collective Bruit du frigo has deployed a collection of unusual wagons there, which the artists seized at the same time as they installed a giant fresco on the wall of the neighboring hangar.
Alongside classical art, works of use
These wooden platform cars made it possible to meet up with family or friends
to picnic, play, rest. They were used, on occasion, as a stage or bleachers. From the first evening, 1,200 people attended. “It fascinates me more and more to offer, alongsidemore classic works of art, works that have a use for the population. Many artists are also thinking about it ”, emphasizes Salvador Garcia.
He is delighted with the 42 contemporary and landscape art installations scattered in the squares, streets, canals and even on Lake Annecy which contribute “To question again and to prolong the gaze” on the landscapes of the city. On the lake, with Optimistic, Cédric Caprio’s colorful sails move with the winds on the lake, and the Three masts by Maeva Descroix and Louis Garella who play happily with light. In the Garden of Europe, Bob Verschueren installed a Split tree. Without forgetting these nods to local history that are the Health huts Alexis Campagne or False twin by Sévérine Hubard who imitates a traditional dovecote.
More perhaps than the previous editions, works question our relationship to nature, water, plants. Thus, the giant neurons installed on the banks of the Vassé canal by Roland Cros invite one to wonder what the trees they are resting are thinking of, and Changing tides by Canadian plastic artist Aaron Li-Hill, he talks about the upcoming battles for water on the Thiou Canal.
Finally, there is a host of gardens, sometimes hanging like the Kokedamas by Julie Dumez and Elisha Joho Monnerat, sometimes nurturing like the three creations of the Cultures Urbaines collective. Like a vegetable in water initiation into the secrets of aquaponics, Make way for worms invite neighbors to support vegetable gardens in crates and A vegetable garden in the city aromatic plants and old varieties in a circular space. The visitor only has to reach out to add basil to their tomato salad!
These creations being installed within the reach of all, in the public space, the inhabitants appropriate them more easily, including those who do not frequent the Bonlieu stage. Salvador Garcia’s dream.