In Rochefort, a monumental statue in homage to the “Demoiselles de Rochefort” unveiled

A film that contributes, 55 years after its cinema release, to the notoriety of the city. The unveiling of the work, which has found its place in a corner of Place Colbert, in the heart of the city center, was carried out this Saturday, June 25 during the Twin Sisters festival, which has just celebrated for four days the meetings of music and image.

The City therefore responded to interpellations which came up repeatedly, according to the mayor of Rochefort Hervé Blanché: “We were told that it would be good to represent the Demoiselles place Colbert. To clear up possible future criticism of the place of the site (a few meters from buried garbage containers), almost at the intersection of rue de la République and rue Cochon-Duvivier, Hervé Blanché explained: “We are in a historic city with a PSMV (preservation and development plan) » A protected sector placed, for its consistency, under the authority of an ABF (architect of French buildings) who therefore chose the precise location .

A particular visitor

Daughter of Agnès Varda and adopted daughter of Jacques Demy, Rosalie Varda-Demy recalled that the director of “Demoiselles de Rochefort” had done “a lot of scouting” before “his eye stopped at Place Colbert”. The shooting took place during the year 1966 and obviously, several Rochefortais who lived it had taken place in the public and keep an excellent memory of it.


Rosalie Varda-Demy, François Hollande and Franck Ayroles (the sculptor).

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Close to the Varda-Demy family, Julie Gayet, co-creator of Twin Sisters, took the opportunity to announce that the festival would take place again next year. An announcement made in front of a particular visitor: the husband of the actress and producer, François Hollande, was present. For several minutes, the couple was photographed at least as many times, if not more, than the statue!

A 2.70 m work signed by the artist Franck Ayroles

Based in Deux-Sèvres, the artist has been creating works for twenty-five years in the fields of sculpture, painting and photography. He signs with “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” his fourth monumental sculpture (between 2.20 m and 3 m) installed in the public space after previous achievements in Niort, Bressuire and Châtelaillon-Plage (“Les Baigneuses”), and always with two characters. Very figurative, his latest work combines “representation of the film” and “work around women, their freedom and development”. All resin and 2.70 m high, it has been designed to combine a strong visual impact without being oversized. Franck Ayroles is also attached to the integration of his sculptures in the public space, “without isolating them and putting up barriers”.

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