A meeting place
From monastic times to the present day, the inhabitants of the Abbey of Pierredon have endeavored to make this Provençal valley a meeting place between natural harmony and the creative force of man.
Just as wine is the result of an encounter between a terroir and a winegrower, the beauty of the Abbaye de Pierredon results from the encounter between a dazzling natural site and the will of man to inscribe, in time and space, his artistic energy.
This is how a sublime abbey and a chapel have punctuated the landscape for centuries.
Passionate about the landscape and the history of the place, the new owners have rehabilitated these secular buildings, but also restored a residence and the gardens.
As a tribute, the wine labels of the estate evoke the stained glass windows of the Middle Ages, which gave color and light to the churches.
They also built a new winemaking and aging cellar inaugurated in 2016.Local stone was chosen to fit better into the landscape. It comes from the Fontvieille quarries and is the ideal material for preserving wines thanks to its thermal and hygrometric qualities. The stone was worked in solid mass, according to a set of blocks with imperfect alignment and size, dictated by the traces of human tools in the rock of this marvelous landscape.
Works of art have come to embellish the site:
Silene Luminaris sive Muflier de Borgès, série des Fractal flowers : A painted steel sculpture, 3.4 meters high, by Miguel Chevalier. A two-tone work: two bright reds, one of which is orange, in order to reflect the vibrations of the sun hitting the various sections of the sculpture. This sculpture was commissioned and produced for the second edition of the Festival a-part, Alpilles-Provence'Art, in July 2011.
Luce, luce, luce : Une sculpture en inox de Claudio Parmiggiani. Cette œuvre monumentale de 11 mètres évoque une présence vitale émergeant de la colline et enracinée dans les stratifications de la pierre, dans le fil de son inclinaison. Une projection vers le ciel qui élève le regard et l'emmène dans une traversée poétique au rythme du jour, de la nuit, du voyage, de la lune et du soleil, du cycle des saisons.
Drapé sur chêne : A stainless steel sculpture by Claudio Parmiggiani. This monumental work of 11 meters evokes a vital presence emerging from the hill and rooted in the stratifications of the stone, in the course of its inclination. A projection towards the sky which raises the gaze and takes it on a poetic journey to the rhythm of day, night, travel, the moon and the sun, the cycle of the seasons.
Mosquito, série ALAS [hélas] : The American artist Katherine de Barrueta is behind a sculpture in thermo-lacquered aluminum 2 meters wide. Inspired by the tropical forest of the Yucatan Peninsula, she has reproduced here the wings of endangered pollinating insects. A theme at the heart of the artist's concern. This sculpture was commissioned and produced for the ninth edition of the Festival a-part was placed by the artist at the Abbey of Pierredon during the 2018 Heritage Days.
A marble sculpture by Léo Ribi
"Hello Canalgrande! Every time I pass everything near you you greet me with your dance! You never rest Narcissus, you wait for someone who comes to watch you dance day and night. your life is dance and your dance is your life, it hides your hollow heart made of marble, bacon and mechanical power. Since the day you woke up from your career your weight no longer sleeps, you are looking for a balance and a music that you like to amaze your public with your unbearable lightness. I kiss you Canalgrande, perpetuate your dance on your steel heels. »
L'Arche : by Vincenzo Amato "When I discovered Pierredon, I first realized that I was on the coast north of the Mediterranean, a strange coast for me who grew up in Sicily. A side facing mine. I remembered that the Greek sailors were also arrived here. The Mediterranean... a small sea but so big. Similar and different worlds at the same time, same flora, different History. When I learned that in antiquity the sea was higher, almost reaching Pierredon, I came up with the idea of the sculpture of the Ark. Here the olive trees are olive trees, but they are cultivated en masse. So I have, at first, imagined wheels stone to make oil. Then a ship stranded in this valley ago two thousand years. The ship became a hoe, then a stone wheel. And finally the wheel became again a ship stranded at Pierredon. An arch. Who knows who was on board...? I built this artwork in New York and sent it on a ship, from the port of Brooklyn to the port of Marseille. A storm delayed Her arrival. But she arrived... and we saw her unload from the container and finally come to beach, as I had imagined, here, in Pierredon."Other pieces, present on the site, make the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon "a meeting place between beauty and beauty" as some observers have written.