Orange Street Pantone, Heritage Days – St Flour & Salers (Cantal, F)

During the European Heritage Days on September 19. & 20. 2020, the Cantal Department invites the performance Orange Street Pantone to take over the streets of St Flour and Salers. The Orange Pantone is chosen to highlight the volcanic black stones of these two cities of Haute-Auvergne. In St Flour, the project connects the sumptuous Alfred-Douët Museum of Art and History, and in particular the renaissance façade of the Consular House that houses it, with the Museum of Haute-Auvergne directed by France Harvoix (photos) in the former episcopal palace, via the great Place d’Armes and the square in front of St Pierre Cathedral.

Salers (photos: Daniel Aimé) was a city of knights, the costume made out of orange plastic used for building sites reminds an armor. The tour begins on the esplanade of the Old Cemetery (figure of a lying down and the original snake) then goes around the St Mathieu church to enhance its neo-Roman porch, venturing in front of the Chapelry in the corners of the streets of the Castle and Notre-Dame, climbs the passage of the Coustil and crosses the Belfry Gate through its summit, to finish in front of the Bailiwick House and the fountain on the Tyssandier d’Escous square, renovator of the Salers cattle breed.

In both cases, the figure of a Minotaur wearing a bun of Salers cow horns questions the animal presence and the labyrinth in the urban space, and honors their lyre-shaped twists. The presence of public fountains is an opportunity for a collective hand washing with orange soap (cinnamon) revealing the multiple manual choreographies that the last months of sanitary measures have particularly valued!

Playlist: 524 Hz, Laboréal – Cum dederit, Nisi Dominus, Vivaldi – Afterlife, Arcade Fire – Spiegel im Spiegel, Arvo Pärt – Hable con ella, Alberto Iglesias – Al Jardín de la Alegría, Son De La Frontera – Ready to Start, Arcade Fire.

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