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The Gardens of Versailles Reinvented by a Modern Sculptor
From 11 June 2013 to 30 October 2013
A futuristic vision of classic gardens
'Penone Versailles 2013' is a high-concept exhibition that has opened at the breathtaking Palace of Versailles. Conceived for the warm and highly-trafficked summer months, this exhibit showcases the vision of the Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone. Penone created the pieces for this exhibition with goal of using the space of the gardens of Versailles in new and creative ways. To achieve this goal, Penone added to the existing sculptures as well as making entirely new ones. With Penone's vision in place, the gardens of Versailles are now more futuristic and incorporate a variety of different artistic materials. For example, the artist has chosen to use wood, bronze, marble, stone and water to challenge visitors as they stroll through the paths of the gardens. Penone even uses trees that have been mangled by storms in order to give new life to something that was considered dead. In this way, he invites the spectator to reflect upon the both the power and the fragility of nature. Approximately 20 sculptures have been installed throughout the gardens, and visitors can see them by taking an excursion from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, which is located in the nearby city of Versailles.