Château de Bosmelet : restoration, renewal and modernity
Alain Germain will present his project to restore the château, parks and gardens of the Bosmelet estate in Seine-Maritime. The château, a fine example of Louis XIII architecture, including a park designed by Collinet, Le Nôtre’s head gardener in Versailles, is at the heart of a project seeking both to preserve the past via historic vestiges whilst welcoming the most contemporary of features from the present. The château has been transformed into a cultural centre (housing the Alain Germain performing arts collections); the park and gardens are occupied once more from the double line of three hundred-year-old lime trees to the two walled gardens, currently under renovation, via the vestiges of World War II under the shade of the 16th century chestnut trees, the whole becoming a huge stage where topiaries and contemporary sculptures will soon play the leading roles.
Alain Germain is an artistic director, scenographer, visual artist and novelist. The costumes from his productions are among France’s listed national heritage at the French National Library. A share of his performing arts collections is exhibited at the Château de Bosmelet, which he acquired just over a year ago.