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Refuge d'Art

Pass of l'Escuichière

Wood to stone: Andy Goldsworthy's project for the Col de l'Escuichière

Goldsworthy's initial project for the Refuge of the Col de l'Escuichière involved constructing a large sphere of curved, carbonised oak branches in one of the rooms, because, as he explained, "Oaks were planted around the Col de l'Escuichière to provide wood for charcoal production. But they also gave rise to the wooded landscape we see today." When he discovered black limestone rocks veined with white calcite, notably in a ruined house below the Refuge, he decided to build two walls out of this material, in such a way that the assemblages of stones would form flow lines.