Les Lapidiales – Port-d'Envaux, France - Atlas Obscura

Les Lapidiales

Port-d'Envaux, France

A quarry cum sculpture park where the works of art are chiseled into the very walls. 


Each summer, a select group of sculptors and artists take up creative residence in the former quarry now known as Les Lapidiales to be inspired by those that have come before them and make their own mark in the stone.  

The white limestone cliff walls and underground chambers where the rock was once quarried are covered in sculptures in styles ranging from abstract to figurative. For twelve years, the Lapidiales site has offered a unique residency to contemporary sculptors of all nationalities who come to carve new works into the stone. The artists are free to build fantastic stone sculptures with a view to giving future generations a work from which to be inspired, creating a perpetually growing art space. The project was started by actor, director, designer, and sculptor Alain Tenenbaum who still oversees the space. The open air art quarry is free and open year round just waiting for visitors to come and find their own inspiration.

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