Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Celebrating our 40th In Auvillar

VCCA Program Director Craig Pleasants is among the Fellows in residence in Auvillar, France. He has been asked to create a sculpture that will reside on the hill above Moulin à Nef. Between sourcing materials at the Recyclage Metaux and welding and pouring concrete, Craig has been working from dawn to dusk since late August, but with friends and the Auvillar community pitching in to help, it's been a labor of love - and a perfect metaphor for this artwork.

A tribute to the strong arts connection VCCA has generated between Auvillar, France and Amherst, Virginia, Coeur de Mon Coeur, which is based on the heart's mitral valve, is slated to be completed this week - just in time for the double celebrations of Moulin à Nef's 17th anniversary + VCCA's 40th anniversary.

The slideshow below follows the sculpture's development from the gathering of materials at the recycling center to the stage of the photo above, which shows the skeleton of Coeur de Mon Coeur with the Garonne River bridge in the background.



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