“Ouroboros” by Henrique Oliveira
The Sharing of Waters is a route in Ardèche that represents the invisible line, discernible only to the naked eye, dividing the waters of the department into two between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. It already features several artistic works along its course, notably along the GR7 hiking trail.
Did you know? The Ouroboros is a symbol found in various cultures, derived from two ancient Greek words meaning “that which bites its tail.” Typically represented by a serpent or dragon, it symbolizes self-reflection, a perpetual cycle where the beginning and end meet in an infinite circle.
The artwork consists of nine elements created in a workshop in London. These elements were then assembled and affixed to rocks (placed on a portion of previously leveled ground).
To achieve the symbiosis of the different pieces, the joints were concealed with paper pulp covered with “tapumes” (pronounced “tapoumesses”), recycled wooden panels in the form of plywood palisades (a technique used in Brazil).
These panels, originally intended to be discarded, were salvaged, soaked to treat the “barks” before the structure was completed with branches collected from the surrounding forest to create the supporting pillars and the aerial loops of the Ouroboros.