“River of Earth” Art Refuge

river of earth © Gassendi Museum

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.


The Gassendi Museum is the starting point for the walk and the project
Refuges d'Art, his “base camp”.
River of Earth, a monumental clay wall of more than 50 m2, is housed in the
fourth floor of the building, in a vast space: the landscape room.
This room confronts two visions of the idea of ​​landscape: the romantic vision
and tradition of Provençal painters influenced by the ideals of Frédéric
Mistral and the contemporary vision of Andy Goldsworthy who uses clay, a
original component of the landscape, to create River of Earth.
The museum also presents a set of preparatory drawings by the artist as well as a set of photographs of the founding ephemeral work of Goldsworthy's work at Digne: the Cairn of Digne.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Italy

Labels & accessibility

Adapted tourism

  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs


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Adult: from 4 €.

Free for less than 21 years.


From 15/05 to 30/09 from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays.

From 01 / 10 to 13 / 05.
Closed on Tuesdays.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 13:30 p.m. - 17:30 p.m. except weekends: 13:30 p.m. - 17:30 p.m.
Closed between Christmas and New Year.