The Garden Mushrooms of Claude Pasquer



Yesterday, strange characters which he peopled the gardens of the castle of Rivau, today, amazing giant mushrooms … Claude Pasquer’s grid sculptures pollinate wonderful gardens. In good geniuses of nature, in messengers of the living, Chaumont-sur-Loire in Luberon.

Claude Pasquer is an enthusiast who dedicates his career to the work of the earth. Hands-on, this seasoned landscape gardener is now looking for ways to raise awareness and interest the younger generation in key issues of concern. Over time, Claude Pasquer’s inventions have become works of art. Detours on its way, between the paths punctuated with giant mushrooms.

Architect landscaper DPLG, teacher at ENSP Versailles (National School of Landscape), artist, Claude Pasquer claims to gardener. In the tradition of his former teacher Gilles Clément, horticultural engineer, botanist, entomologist, biologist, author of the Planetary Garden: “the gardener became responsible for the living”. Claude Pasquer explains that “as a garden creator , he is a carrier of this vegetal dynamic”. With a cheerful activism, this man with sparkling eyes has opted for the arts, drawing and sculpture, to sow its ecological seed and educate young and old at the stake of biodiversity and the future of the garden.

Magic of night lighting by LEDs highlighting the curves and richness of the material.

Alexandre Petzold

The Champicabanes at La Molière in the Luberon, in the garden of his ally Corinne Détroyat, lair of the Crunchers of landscapes in June and August, for courses of a week “liberating”.

Alexandre Petzold

In the beginning was the “champicomposteur” born from a double observation: the first by looking at one of his friends, Christine Coulon, in her garden and her small size rejects at the foot of trees that she declares stimulators of biodiversity; and the second, the absurd removal of green waste in his home village. “Everything must return to the land, sizes and mowing”. He invents a mushroom-shaped chicken wire structure, a symbol of regenerated life in Chinese philosophy. This is to make the composting phase aesthetic in order to initiate the practice.

In alternating layers of “carbon-based brown and nitrogen-based green, it fills it into heated strata with active biodiversity.” In 2011, he exhibited with his accomplice Corinne Détroyat, Garden Crunchers – summer drawing classes – an installation of mushrooms and other “sculptillonnages”, (sculpture + hortillonnage) at the Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire Festival. The scenography is imbued with philosophy and sustainable development: large sunflowers offer, in their corolla roasting bee shelters , vases are watering butterflies or bird feeders.

Playful mushrooms for young and old alike

“Designing the gardens of tomorrow is logical for the children, but how do you get them interested in the garden?” “By the cabin , everyone’s dream.” He imagines “Champicabanes, to see without being seen.” Braided rope, disproportionate, shining in the night, they introduce a fairy, as many stories in germination. Sheltersolitary or hideout for four rascals, the “Champicabane comes in different formats, up to the smallest reserved for the family animal or otherwise called” champicoffre treasure “.” Claude Pasquer invites – through his sketch lessons in the “blue house” of his Corinne’s Luberon as well as his sculptures – to live the thoughts of Gilles Clément, his mentor: “the garden, the very privileged place of the meeting of the man and the nature, where the dream is authorized, where one can dream within this enclosure …

Inside the garden, existential harassment vanishes. “Another garden architecture to experiment with binomial Claude and Corinne, BioLabyrinthus installed in Como A bucolic stroll that hybrid references to Renaissance gardens and current challenge of biodiversity .

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