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Tranchee and La Somme

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Leyla Folwell No Comments
http://ventdesforets.org/

http://ventdesforets.org/

Vent des Forets, a wonderful area in France where beautiful woodland

has turned in to a host for over 200 sculptures.

http://ventdesforets.org/

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

We went specially to see Tranchee, after being mesmerized this video on Facebook

http://www.alexandra-engelfriet.nl/film-II.php

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

This deep crevice dug to mimic the WW1 trenches.

20 tons of clay sculpted by the artist using her body,

squirming and crawling in the mud.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Fired in situ, by filling the trench with wood and firing for 7 days.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

There was an eeriness to it ….you could almost feel

the presence of people in these negative body shaped marks.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

A very powerful piece could not have been created

with actual representation….

I felt echos of soldiers down there.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

It was made in 2013 and nature is already taking over …

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

The grey area’s are where the wood-fire was higher in temperature.

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

You can see where the lower fired red has already started

to crumble into the ground

Alexandra Engelfriet's 'Tranchee'

Alexandra Engelfriet’s ‘Tranchee’

Lumps are falling month by month and Tranchee will not last forever …

Vent des ForĂȘts, Mairie. France.

Vent des ForĂȘts,
Mairie. France.

Eventually the ground will fill and heal and nature will take over.

A perfect way to illustrate this moment in time,

now still but never forgotten.

La Somme, France

La Somme, France

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