Les Roches Bleues

In 1984, Belgian artist Jean Vérame found his way from Tafraoute to the squat desolate valley. Since then, the blue rocks of Tafraout (Marroco) are the most famous element of Tafraoute’s granite landscape. They were coloured with the help of the Tafraoute fire brigade and 18 tonnes of blue, pink, red, and black paint. This peculiar and controversial work of art is still both marvelled at, questioned and deplored today despite significant weathering over time. A recent renovation project is restoring some of the site to its former glory.

Known as the painter of deserts, Jean Vérame’s work has taken place in the rocky wastes of uninhabited deserts in Egypt, Morocco and Chad… On the very edges of the inhabited world, his work is viewed worldwide true (tourist) photography and video. Compared with the works of other Land Artist such as Richard Long, Robert Smithson and Christo, Vérame’s work surprises firstly by its saturated colours (blue, purple, pink) forming an extreme contrast with the natural colours of the landscape which act as the backdrop.

His work tries to capture ‘the natural vibration of the cosmos’ and ‘something which is the virtual wealth of every human being’. Seeing the pictures you have the immediate urge to visit and feel the vibrant vibration. The pictures below represent the time line of the work, from the original colours in the early eighties towards the renovation in 2010. Enjoy! (Images courtesy of Flickr)

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