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International Garden Festival | Hortillonnages Amiens

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We thank you for coming in large numbers to discover the creations of the 12th edition of the International Garden Festival | Hortillonnages Amiens.
Currently closed, the Festival will reopen its doors from Thursday May 26 to Sunday October 16, 2022.

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Cultures > Anne Houel, 2020

Cultures > Anne Houel, 2020
Monday April 6th, 2020 Marine Bigot
  • Anne Houel © Yann Monel
  • Anne Houel © Yann Monel
  • Anne Houel © Yann Monel

Sensitive to buildings, Anne Houel is interested in the evolution of constructions, their existence and their future. The observation of the territory and its history constitutes the starting point for the implementation of her sculptures, drawings, installations or interventions. For the 11th edition of Hortillonnages, she presents an evolving sculpture Cultures, the shape of which is halfway between housing and the horticultural greenhouse. Made up of a mobile, movable glass and steel structure, it contains, for a year, an architectural deconstruction from the territory in which it takes part. Installed in 2014 in the heart of the city, in front of the Artothèque of Caen, she invested the demolition of collective housing in Colombelles, a city located on the outskirts of Caen. she continued its roaming in 2017, invited as part of the Ronde, Meeting of metropolitan museums, by settling in the Square Maurois of the Antiquities Museum of Rouen. On this occasion, she lock away fragments of architecture from the city of Rouen, the shapes of which interact with the lapidary present in the Square. For its installation in the Hortillonnages, the work invests the deconstruction of a hut of hortillon. This cultivation evolves over time, giving rise to vegetation that is ruinous, and confronts the surrounding landscape. The sculpture is luminous at night, like a lighthouse  where culture becomes a curiosity, it calls for contemplation. Cultures takes a look at the geographic location of the Hortillonnages site, located in the heart of the city. Anne Houel questions here the integration of the urban environment into the natural heritage, the link between nature and construction, the wild and the domestic, the plant and the mineral.


The artist

Anne Houel

Anne Houel was born in 1987 in Pont-Audemer. After obtaining the DNSEP in 2011 at the ÉSAM in Caen, she set up her workshop in the Cher, in a farmhouse which she restored in 2015, in Neuilly-en-Sancerre. Since 2010, she has exhibited her work in exhibitions and routes of contemporary art. She develops contextual work in public space and participates in residences that allow her to discover new territories. In 2014, she won the jury prize at the Biennale de la Jeune Création in Champigny-sur-Marne. Her works can be seen in the collections of the Frac Basse-Normandie, the city of Lille and Champigny-sur-Marne as well as in several Artothèques in France.