Toying with the stump of a chopped down plane tree, from which a few new shoots have dared to grow afresh, the artist has designed a new cairn for Chaumont-sur-Loire, in which stone and vegetation interact in an embrace that grows ever more intimate as the years pass.
The great Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has designed an extraordinary hill made from logs, scrap materials and an array of printing plates in sparkling colours at the heart of the Historic Grounds.
"Giuseppe Penone is one of the greatest sculptors working today. His work is entirely focused on Nature, a deep and unique source of inspiration for this immense artist who is particularly fascinated by trees – the mystery and power of which he perceives, highlights and recreates better than anyone (...)."
A project lives on, after the artist's death, through the permanent installation of one of his pieces in the heart of the Château's kitchens.
The "Fleurs fantômes" (“Phantom flowers”) he presents at Chaumont-sur-Loire rekindle memories in abeyance, the invisible remnants of lives snuffed out, the intensity of memory of times long gone – which visitors capture a vague sense of without being able to identify the origin of their feelings, and which Gabriel Orozco’s canvases express.
Sarkis has designed this pathway of light like an initiatory and mental journey along which visitors write their own story. He has placed his glass exhibits in front of the windows of the Château’s former rooms for domestic staff.
Timeless dark figures, that are strange yet protective, Christian Lapie’s sculptures inexorably capture the onlooker’s attention, drawn in by the extraordinary and universal presence that they give off.
Henrique Oliveira has chosen one of the big barns in the Farmyard to erect a hybrid, almost living work of art that seems literally to rise up from the stone walls.
Mathieu Lehanneur’s “Petite Loire” is a stunningly poetic work in green marble, like “liquid marble”, inspired both by the river and the trees at Chaumont-sur-Loire.
What has fascinated Polissky is the shadow cast by the big ancient cedars in the Historic Grounds. Looming plant silhouettes covered in thousands of vine-plants have mysteriously “taken hold” of the site, sparking new legends there.
Cornelia Konrads creates permanent and temporary site-specific installations. With materials, branches and twigs she collects on-site, Cornelia has designed this “Passage“, which leads us towards mysterious and poetic destinations.
In the Historic Grounds, on the hillside, Vincent Barré has laid out a cast iron sculpture in 6 parts, through which we can see the surrounding landscape, ever changing, always fragmented and framed by the rings when we move or rest a moment between the blocks.
As a patient and detailed observer of nature, Jeffrey Blondes conducts an unusual experiment prompting a slow contemplation of time in a forest filmed over the four seasons, lasting many months.
A creator of natural architecture, Armin Schubert’s work is essentially based on raw materials (stones, branches, roots, leaves, earth, etc.). The “Objets sphériques” entitled “sub-ex-terre”, which he designed for Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, seem to literally rise up out of the ground.
In the Historic Grounds, Patrick Dougherty has designed forms that are at once airy and plant-like. Monumental and deeply inspired by their setting, they call out to visitors at the twists and turns of the copses, beckoning with their half-natural, half-architectural allure.
In his creations at Chaumont-sur-Loire, Tadashi Kawamata plays with the relations of scale, completely immersing visitors in nature and making them privy to a new way of understanding the landscape.
Using her favourite natural material, Dominique Bailly has dreamt up an exhibit that interacts with the architecture of the Water Tower.
Anne and Patrick Poirier
Anne and Patrick Poirier’s work fits subtly into the landscape of the Park. Carved or engraved blocks of granite taken in the ivy and bushes of the Historical Park, their creations are pretend vestiges of archaeological research and tell any passers-by who happen upon them a story of memory and nostalgia.
In the Historic Grounds, François Méchain rolls out a multitude of ladders on one single tree. Hanging a few metres above the ground, they swing gently in the wind and, with the tree, form a living structure that evolves with the passing seasons.
The inventor of green walls Patrick Blanc has designed a brand new exhibit at Chaumont-sur-Loire – a giant leaf rolling up on itself until it forms a secret cave, open to the sky.
By displaying living, changing and fleeting processes, Rainer Gross has conjured up flowing shapes that are sometimes graphic and at others organic - whose form is reminiscent of the roof on Amboise Tower.