Art Refuge “La Chapelle Ste Madeleine”

Chapel of St. Madeleine ©
Chapel of St. Madeleine ©

Chapel of St. Madeleine
Chapel of St. Madeleine
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 cavity will be a space where people can stand, a place where others will have stood before them, where others will stand after. Each visitor will reinforce this human presence. The experience of the cavity will offer an absolute contrast with the mountains in the open, I couldn't imagine better preparation for the refuges.“
Andy goldsworthy

From Digne les Bains:
Take the N85 towards Sisteron, Aix-en-Provence. In Mallemoisson
turn right at the traffic light and follow the D17 to Thoard. To Thoard
turn right, just after the public fountain, at the level of the indication
GTPA (redyellow) and pass the nursing home. The road climbs steeply
towards the place called La Bannette (inn). Park at the hostel or continue in the pebbles for 100 meters and park in the car park marked for this purpose (Panel Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence).
About 30 minutes
Continue on foot on the marked rocky track (GTPA). We come across a memorial then a ruin on the left, then the path runs along a field of lavender. At the end of this field, leave the GTPA for a path that branches off to the left. Turn left at the top. The chapel is below.
About 40 minutes


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