To see on Sunday in Saint-Malo: holograms of the sculpted Rocks and two new replicas

To see on Sunday in Saint-Malo: holograms of the sculpted Rocks and two new replicas
To see on Sunday in Saint-Malo: holograms of the sculpted Rocks and two new replicas


Bernadette Ramel

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May 24, 2024 at 7:07 p.m.

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In Saint-Malo, the Friends of Father Fouré do not deviate from their objective, namely “to keep as many traces of this work as possible, which perhaps one day will disappear”, says president Joëlle Jouneau.

This work threatened by erosionthese are the famous sculpted rocks, made between 1894 and 1907 in the cliffs of Rothéneufby this precursor of art brut.


In the center dedicated to it, near Nicet beach, a virtual visit was already possible.

This year, as part of a new partnership with the Higher School of Surveying and Topographical Engineers of Le Mans, it is holography which keeps the sculptures of Abbot Fouré alive. In a 2 and a half minute film, we discover them in 3D, as if “suspended in space”.

Saint Gobrien and Saint Mamert

There is something new, too, among replicas of missing works.

Last year, the association had reproduced Mr and Mrs de Rothéneuf from a postcard. Two other copies (Saint Gobrien And Saint Mamert, one of the ice saints), still made by the company La Forge 3D, have just arrived at the Abbé Fouré center. These are works originally made of wood.

Wood pulp, walnut hulls and beeswax are used for both replicas. The chosen colors were “noted in the Revue Mame, year 1907 – 1908”.

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THE Saint Mamert was located in the “mystical gallery” of the Hermitage of High Madnesswhere the hermit of Rothéneuf had set up his museum.

As for Saint Gobrien, chosen as patron saint by Abbot Fouré, he was originally placed “on the first landing of the site of the Sculpted Rocks” and “was to collect the mite from visitors”. On a postcard, he became Saint Goberian ! A touch of humor from the hermit?

Four wooden originals

The Abbot Fouré center, which is holding its open day this Sunday, May 26, 2024, also presents four original sculptures of Abbot Fouré, two of which are loaned by heirs of the local historian Eugène Herpin (the one to whom we owe the term Emerald Coast).

Finally, the exhibition presented is the one produced by the Departmental Archives of Ille-et-Vilaine: Sculptors of History(s), the life and work of Abbot Fouré.

Sunday May 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., open day at the Abbé Fouré center, 26 avenue de la Varde in Saint-Malo (Rothéneuf district). The center is also open until October 27, with free entry. Until June, open Thursday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also coming: free accompanied walks on the trail At the time of the hermit of Rothéneuf in the 1900s, in partnership with the Department of Ille-et-Vilaine, Tuesday July 16 and August 13, at 10 a.m. Released in partnership with Cœur Emeraude, Sunday June 2 at 3:30 p.m. By reservation. Such. 07 87 16 39 91. Mel. [email protected]. Website. – On Sunday October 13, the Friends of Abbot Fouré will commemorate the 130th anniversary of the Hermit’s arrival in Rothéneuf.

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