“Sentinel of the Vançon Valley” Art Refuge

Sentinel of the Vançon Valley ©

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.


“I cannot explain why the cairn has a sentinel function. It's just one thing I know. Maybe it's the way he stands, with a peaceful, contained energy.“
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 towards Thoard. After
Les Bourres leave the road to Thoard on the right and follow the D3 to the pass
de Fontbelle, then descend towards the village of Authon. Cross the village, the
Sentinel is 1 km away in a bend uphill.
About 50 minutes


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Comfort / services

  • Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly


Free access.


All year, every day.


The Beluguette


Village of Thoard

Historic site and monument