Jean Grard lived with his wife Marie in a small hamlet near Dol de Bretagne. Farmer, he worked hard and never took the time to rest. "I have worked on a farm all my life, I never thought I would do something like that," he said. It was not until his retirement, after having acquired a weather vane in the shape of the mill, that he had the idea to create weather vanes in turn. This event triggering the creative process cannot shed light on the genesis of a work that remains mysterious and striking by it force, brilliance and obsession. Jean Grard’s work is inseparable from its installation dimension : the vanes, similar to merry-go-rouds, were carefully arranged in the courtyard, among the flowerbeds taken care of by Maria Grard. Anchored in the ground, this polymorphic and solid assembly span when the wind blew. Jean Grard has transformed the traditional art of weather vanes in a particularly original “fairground art”.
Written by Patricia Allio
SEE ALSO :
Allio, Patricia. L’Art brut à l’Abri. L’Abri (art brut rural et industriel), August 2001.