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Hortillonnages International Garden Festival – Amiens 2019

 


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Cabotans maraîchers

Cabotans maraîchers
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 Marine Bigot

On an old cultivated plot of land bordered by a stream and known as ” Grand-mère salades “, the landscape artists Baptiste Demeulemeester and Stéphane Larcin have set up the stage for their green theatre. This project is rooted in one of the traditions dear to the heritage of Amiens, the Cabotans, the legendary marionettes operated by rods and strings, whose adventures are still enjoyed in popular theatre in Picardy today. They were also inspired by the repertoire of author Edouard David (1863-1932) in his collection Chés Hortillonnages which mixes plays about the Cabotans with poems on the everyday life of the men and women who worked in the Hortillonages. The two designers have created a garden which serves a theatre that nourishes both the body, and the spirit. In this landscaped amphitheatre, the visitor enters the backstage: surrounded by meadows, by benches of horticultural terraces, with their back to vegetable plots in the form of a labyrinth, a motif of the art of gardens that brings us back to human doubt… As for the Cabotans, they come alive in the form of plant structures in braided willow where climbing plants grow. Lafleur, their hero, has only to climb on the boards!

The artist

Stéphane Larcin et Baptiste Demeulemeester

 
Born in 1980 and 1982 respectively, Baptiste Demeulemeester and Stéphane Larcin are both landscapers. Since 2005, Baptiste has produced many private gardens for the Ambiance Paysage Company, in the county of the Aisne. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage de Versailles, Stéphane is the winner in 2018 of the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire for the garden "Entrez dans la pensine".