Each year, the Horizons Arts and Nature Festival in central France chooses ten sustainable art installations that will be used to create a thought-provoking dialogue with nature. This year’s winners, chosen by a juried selection committee, have transformed the lush hills, lakes and creeks of Massif du Sancy into an extraordinary open air art experience. Largely using sustainable and recycled materials, the 2015 festival includes an oversized replica of a plane crash made of wood pieces and a field of giant dandelions made from recycled bottles.
For the past nine years, the festival has introduced visitors to the chemistry that art and nature can have together, with carefully picked, innovative large-scale sculpture. Like years past, this year’s exhibition invites visitors to interact with both nature and the sculptures and they hike through the landscape.
Visitors can feel like ants in the giant field of dandelions, made by Alice and David Bertizzolo. The artists installed wooden poles with spherical heads of recycled milk bottles that resemble dandelions that have gone to the feather seed phase. Perched at the top of the grassy Puy de Chambourguet mountain, visitors can let their imaginations run wild while wandering between the faux-ruins of a crashed plane. The sculpture, made of reclaimed wood planks from local mills, is by Parisian artist Roland Cros, and also has its own solar-powered lighting.
Other innovative projects include the Walden Raft by artists Elise Morin and Florent Albinet, a floating wood and plastic house on one of the ponds, as well as a climbable blue castle-like tower from Time Maker. The festival runs until September 27th, 2015.