“La Forest” Art Refuge

The Forest ©
The Forest ©

The Forest
The Forest
Unique experience than that of Andy Goldsworthy, internationally recognized artist, who imagines a project combining contemporary art and safeguarding rural heritage on the protected territory of the Geopark of Haute-Provence, around Digne les Bains.


"La Forest is an extraordinary village in ruins. The houses still bear witness to the beauty of the construction, with stairs, paths, openings and interesting walls. Its disappearance marked this place with deep sadness. This removal of houses, it is one of the most brutal and cruel treatment that can be inflicted on an ancient village: it is not only the buildings that have disappeared but with them the memory. less the latter remains, even if it is reduced to a footprint. If the stone is reused or if a new building rises on the site of the old, new life arises, but leave nothing.“
Andy goldsworthy

From Digne les Bains
Take the N85 towards Sisteron. Go through Château-Arnoux. Take
the A51 at Aubignosc towards Sisteron and exit at Sisteron Sud. At the roundabout take the D4 towards Volonne. In the hamlet of St Puy, take the D217 towards Entrepierres. At Entrepierres continue on the D17 towards Abros. Cross the Queen Jeanne bridge. Car park located after Abros, on the banks of the Vançon.
About 50 minutes.

Please note: for reasons of the work's fragility, the interior of the Refuge d'art is only accessible by free reservation on 04 92 31 45 29 (a key
available at the Gassendi Museum will be given to you against an identity document).


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Comfort / services

  • Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly


Free access.


All year, every day.
Key to the Refuge available by reservation at the Gassendi Museum.