October 2021 – September 2023

From October 2021 to September 2023, 33 picturesque towns and villages in Burgundy-Franche-Comté will host 62 original sculptures by the sculptor Robert Schad in front of their castles, monasteries or historical ruins.
In these places chosen personally by the artist, contemporary sculpture meets the landscape, architecture and history. It accompanies the viewer along the paths of the region, while a red line made of solid natural square steel with a constant cross-section of 10 x 10 cm (hence the name of the exhibition) crosses the countryside. The walker can follow it, discovering new and surprising perspectives on known places.

German-born Robert Schad has been living and working in the small village of Larians et Munans in Haute-Saône since 1994. His sculptures seem to spring up from the ground like giant mushrooms, linked together by an imaginary mycelium.
Like dancers in a sculptural choreography, they have an incredible visual lightness, despite their weight.

These sculptures, made of the same material used for machines and weapons, are far from being rigid, they have an airy suppleness and purity, animated by a formidable inner energy. One has the feeling that they have grown and developed in place like a plant.

The segments are straight and articulated, like human limbs. They convey an impression of movement despite the rigidity of their construction.
As if by magic, this movement suddenly seems to stop, precisely at the moment when the viewer stops and looks at it.

Robert Schad addresses a wide audience. Everyone has the opportunity to look at the sculptures with their own eyes and to develop their own, very personal, associations of ideas. The sculptures are a three-dimensional invitation to think.

They refer only to themselves. They are the result of a sensual experience that accompanies the viewer and stimulates reflection.
The creation of their various forms does not come from a sculptural calculation: they are free and three-dimensional, interacting with equally free and spatial lines.
This physical and psychological experience, this creativity of total freedom, has allowed the sculptures to take root.

Exhibition curator
Jean Greset
Galerie Jean Greset
70150 Etuz

Rachel Jacquard
Le Grand Luxe Agency
25520 Evillers

Bernhard Strauss
D-79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

Louis Ucciani
Centre d’Art Mobile
Association Loi 1901
25220 Amagney