The Arc-et-Senans saltworks, its gardens, its future "immense circle"
The Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, a historical monument designed in the 18th century by the “architect of the Enlightenment” Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, no longer produced, since 1895, this “white gold” then transported in the form of brine since 1895.Neighboring Jura.The proximity of the Chaux forest, whose trees provided the fuel necessary for the salt crystallization process by heating, gave it the name it bore at the time: Royal Saltworks of Chaux.many vicissitudes (the buildings, degraded, were even almost destroyed in the 1950s) that it acquired the status of cultural meeting center, while it was classified by Unesco as World Heritage.today it regularly hosts: conferences, exhibitions, concerts and, for twenty years now, a garden festival.
Once again this year, the conductor in residence Jordi Savall will conduct a Beethoven concert on Sunday, August 23, and these are two temporary exhibitions, one on the work of photographer Georges Fessy, the other on the poetic adventure of Cirque Plume, which are presented until October 25.As for this 20th edition of the Garden Festival, it is entitled "The circus is nostalgia for paradise." The festival gardens are set up on the site of the vegetable gardens maintained from the outset by salt workers, housed at their place of work, with family or in dormitories.The semi-circular architectural layout of the dwellings, with as a central point ...the director's house , flanked by work buildings, belongs to Ledoux's utopian vision of the industrious city.
Posted Date: 2020-09-11