Volume 4.23

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Designed by a student of André Le Notre - famous designer of the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. 

Marqueyssac’s romantic and picturesque gardens – a listed National Historical Monument that surrounds an early 19th century château with its flagstone roof, known as lauze – offer over six kilometres of pathways amongst 150,000 century-old, hand-pruned Boxwoods.

The Belvedere, 130 metres above the river, has one of the most spectacular panoramas of Périgord. Its view sweeps over the valley, castles, and nearby villages of Beynac, Fayrac, Castelnaud, la Roque-Gageac and Domme.

The site dates from 1692 with the construction of its terraces. From 1861 onwards, Julien de Cerval planted tens of thousands of Boxwood along with ornamental trees and plants, including Cypress, Lime, Judas-Tree, Laburnum, and Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen. He opened paths and walkways, and created belvederes, rockeries, and drystone huts to heighten the site’s picturesque beauty.

During the second half of the 20th century, the gardens suffered from neglect, until Kléber Rossillon intervened and undertook its restoration, finally opening its doors to the public in 1997. The initial transformation focused on preserving its rare landscapes:  The Rosemary walkway, the Belvedere’s Water Trail, the Boxwood Chaos and the Arch Walkway. In 2007, Kléber Rossillon introduced a Boxwood collection - words by greatgardensoftheworld.com

(Second photo via marqueyssac.com, last 2 photos by Kinfolk)

Richard Serra

Richard Serra, (born November 2, 1939, San Francisco, California, U.S.), American sculptor who is best known for his large-scale abstract steel sculptures, whose substantial presence forces viewers to engage with the physical qualities of the works and their particular sites.

“Obsession is what it comes down to. It is difficult to think without obsession, and it is impossible to create something without a foundation that is rigorous, incontrovertible, and, in fact, to some degree repetitive. Repetition is the ritual of obsession. Repetition is a way to jumpstart the indecision of beginning. To persevere and to begin over and over again is to continue the obsession with work. Work comes out of work. In order to work you must already be working.”

(last photo via WSJ mag)

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