The Craft Project

Art Pilgrimages in France


Recently Tyler and I took a trip to France – one week in Paris; one week in Arles, in Provence, where we were joined by our friends Chris and Jodie.  In many ways it was an art pilgrimage – we traveled to Monet’s Garden, to many of the sites Van Gogh painted during his productive time in Southern France, to the Musee d’Orsay, and the Louvre, and the Centre Pompidou.

We found some hidden gems of pure magic – the Musee des Arts Forains which has the most amazing collection of fairground art; Les Carriers de Lumieres which showcases artwork (currently Klimt and his Venetian contemporaries) projected onto fifty foot quarry walls, and then animated and set to orchestration; Chateau des Baux de Provence filled with sword fighting Medieval knights and trebuchets firing giant water balloons; and the Arelate, a Roman festival which saw gladiators fighting in the Roman arena, black and white films projected onto a mammoth screen under the stars in the Roman theatre, chariot races, and the performance of traditional Roman plays.

We also found our fair share of modern delights – The Art of Marvel exhibit at Art Ludique; the Star Wars Indentities exhibit, possibly the most immersive museum exhibit I have ever experienced; and Rock en Seine where we saw Lana del Ray and Queens of the Stone Age dominate the stage.

And of course we toured the sites – from the gargoyles of Notre Dam, the lights of the Eiffel Tower, and the magnificence that is Moulin Rouge; to encounters with history through mosaics, Roman and Medieval ruins.  We even managed to find our fair share of cool street art along the way.

To top is all off was the food, including a ten course lunch with wine and champagne pairings for my birthday.  We have returned recharged, inspired, and excited and I’m extra excited to share some of that with you through these photos.  Keep an eye on Tyler’s blogs (wordpress and tumblr) for more photos in the near future.

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