It is May 2018 and I’ve been back to Pigasse to record the next in the series for this documentary. Still no new trees in that specific spot, although they are springing up in many other places along the Canal du Midi.
The next painting will be ready in time for my solo exhibition at the end of the year at Galerie Inspiré, Azille, Southern France, opening on 27th October 2018.
They called it the Green Cathedral. For me, it was tranquility distilled.
In 2011 I learnt that the trees lining the Canal du Midi in France are ill and will be gradually be removed. It was then I decided to create a ‘slow-doc’. A painted documentary and an hommage to what was one of the most peaceful places on earth.
A sad journey at first as we watched the trees being felled, 120 years in 10 minutes, morbidly fascinating to watch. These last years have brought hope as we begin so see new trees being diligently replanted along the banks in many areas. Along side the hard work of the VNF, locals from Toulouse to Sête and visitors to the Canal, have given time and money to support the regeneration.
You can also help by donating here: http://www.replantonslecanaldumidi.fr/fr/soutenir-le-projet
Thank you et Merci!