Vincent Barré presents a work based around three remarkable large oak trees in a relatively hidden area of the Historic Grounds that is off the beaten track.
“For this trio of oaks I have created a work, Couronnes d’arbres (Crown of branches), that appears as a collection of three forms that encircle each trunk. It is placed relatively high up, at the level of the lowest branches. The nature of their entanglement remains enigmatic – are they rings, nests or thinly-weaved cocoons that allow the tree trunks to be seen through them? At first glance, their strange embrace of the trunk cannot be seen, but when you look again, their intriguing shape evokes musings on the nature of weightlessness.
The hand of the sculptor’ in the bronze branches, the circular shapes woven round extraordinary trees, mark a kind of alliance between man and tree, as we have seen elsewhere around the estate.
The technique used for these forms involved collecting branches cut down during maintenance of the oaks in the Grounds. Here and there, pads of wax bearing the sculptor’s prints interrupt the line of the branches. They are then cast in bronze in small sections, then welded together. The artist effectively creates a drawing in space using materials taken from nature. The gilded bronze highlights the richness of the covering and the distinction between the materials.
I started using this technique in 2014 with 'Couronne à Jean Fouquet', which was displayed under the canopy of the stables here at Chaumont-sur-Loire and 'Colonne de Rameaux', created for the ‘Monument en Hommage aux Compagnons de la Libération’ at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris. It has inspired new forms and resulted in a major event at the Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie in Besançon in 2019.” Vincent Barré
Vincent Barré was born in Vierzon in France in 1948. He is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A pupil of the great architect, Louis Kahn, he also holds a doctorate in urban planning and a diploma in architecture. He taught at the Beaux-Arts in Paris until 2011. He lives and works in both Saint-Firmin des Bois (Loiret) et Paris.