The Base of Ornament

The « Base of Ornament » focuses on the sensitive cultural language that emerges from the soils and landscapes of the Camargue.

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What are the sensitive geographical markers of a territory?

The project is based on the observation that soils and landscapes tell an aesthetic and geographical story which impregnates inhabitants from one generation to the next. In the end, a collective interpretation of the ornament appears, one that deeply marks human and territorial memories.

In order to better understand the geo-cultural heritage, Atelier Luma will first study and review the sociological and ethnological research which has already been carried out on the Camargue. This examination will then be supplemented by a field survey conducted with the local population: our research team will try and gather information likely to deepen its cultural representation of soils and landscapes of Arles and its region.

The outcome of the research will be a plastic and aesthetic interpretation leading to a series of objects embodying the landscapes of the territory. This will enable individuals to reacquire the cultural context of today’s and yesterday’s Camargue.

// Years of research : 2018/2019

Project team

  • Fanny Pellegrin


    Avignon, France

  • Centre d'Etude, de Restauration et de Conservation des Œuvres ( CERCO )

    Arles, France

  • Bernard Picon

    Research Director

    Arles, France

  • Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Marianne Dos Reis | Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France


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