Gilles Clément

Writer & Landscape Architect (France)

The Moving Garden, the Planetary Garden and the Third Landscape are three main concepts articulated in more than 20 books by landscape architect and writer Gilles Clément. His works have been translated into many languages and been awarded numerous distinctions, including the "Grand prix du paysage" in 1998. His most famous works include: the Parc André Citroën (collaborative project), the Domaine du Rayol in the Var region, the Jardins de l’Arche in Nanterre, the Jardin de Valloires in the Somme area, the Parc Matisse in Lille, the garden of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, and the roof of the submarine base of Saint Nazaire. In 2017, a travelling exhibition will focus on his lifetime creativity and achievements.

Le Grand B.A.L.

At Camargo, Gilles Clément will work on an environmental science fiction novel set in the future. The novel begins with the extinction of a bioindicator under protection (an endangered shrew) whose biotope is in the Calanques. The story follows the exploits of the staff of the "Bureau", a planetary newspaper with its headquarters in Massalia. In this thoroughly imagined future, everything but human nature has changed, and the advancements in technology are still a threat to the natural world.

Gilles Clément will be in residence from January 7 to 20.