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Hubert Le Gall, designer and sculptor on glass

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Hubert Le Gall, designer and sculptor on glass.

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Designer for champagnes Ruinart, Hubert Le Gall gave birth to the "Glass Calendar", twelve sculptures representing, throughout the 12 months of the year, the seasons on the Montagne de Reims and the work of the man on the vines .

It was in 1992 that the designer Hubert Le Gall settled in the former studio of the post-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard, in the Montmartre district of Paris. Gradually, he redeveloped the premises, cleaned the glass roof, laid cement tiles, installed wood paneling and designed an impressive giraffe led chimney and the "Sunset" library whose shelves evoke a beautiful evening of summer.

Having been able to restore this workshop while keeping it in its own juice is one of the many talents of Hubert Le Gall. We push the door, and the emotion is there, mixing a past that has not said its last word to the creations of the self-taught artist, forms "surrealist" associated with the ancient and modern decorative arts: daisies tables, convenient flowers , bestiary shaped tables, lamps, candlesticks ...

February. In this freezing period, the vine grower prunes the vine to raise the sap, which pearls.

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Let it mature. Whoever defines himself "not as a designer, but as a sculptor of objects" has just completed a work for Ruinart. Carte blanche was given to him, the only requirement of the oldest of the champagne houses having been to put the parcel in the spotlight.

Initially "hyperstressed" by the trust that was granted to him, he let the project come to him, just as the grape matures little by little. Going on vacation, he came back knowing what he was going to do. The drawings came very quickly: twelve sculptures reflecting the work of man on the vine and that of nature, the weather and the passing of time.

Out of the question "to enter into an idea of ​​figuration of the leaf, the vine, nothing kitschouille". Before the artist: a year to complete this project. He had a "very clear picture" of what he wanted for eight of the twelve months; the last four, the winter months, came later.

The vine in motion. If this order was a challenge for the one who is used to "starting from art, then adding function" (his way to desacralize and reassure himself), the vine was not for him foreign.

Born in Lyon in 1961, Hubert Le Gall often harvested grapes from nearby Beaujolais. However, this project allowed him to discover more precisely the work of the man on the vine, because nature is far from doing everything alone! Bronze, the artist's favorite material, was not suitable. After hesitating between porcelain and glass, Hubert Le Gall chose the latter, which he knew little.

He then began a collaboration with the Berengo workshop in Murano, which shows "a real availability to adapt to artists' projects". Hubert Le Gall says: "We can do everything," said the glass maker, but that's only 80% true. It was necessary that I also accept to modify certain things, to make evolve the objects.

And that's good, I have the nature for that. "And we find, through the glass and the wood, the shapes and colors of his sculptures, the seasons that pass, the burning sun that falls on the vines, the low and heavy skies, the ice which covers the earth, the rising of sap, the flower which is transformed into grains, the size of the vine, the binding of the frames and branches by the hand of man.

The "Glass Calendar" will now go around the world on about thirty fairs. Hubert Le Gall, he "really want to continue to work the glass.The danger is even that I no longer want to work that material." A danger, really?

September. Evocation of both the harvest and the bubbles that escape from a glass of white whites.

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All about the designer Hubert Le Gall

Exhibition "Hubert Le Gall" at the Borely museum in Marseille. Until September 6, 2015. museeborely.marseille.fr

His creations are to discover all year long at the Avant-Scène gallery in Paris. avantscene.fr

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