During our afternoon walk near Ginals earlier this year, we stopped off at the Abbaye de Beaulieu to view the exhibition there by the Belgian sculptor, Jephan de Villiers. It added an extra hour to the walk but there was no rush, the weather was warm, and we got more wonderful photos!
As a young boy, Jephan spent long hours in his grandmother’s garden near Versailles, collecting twigs, leaves and bits of bark to construct vast yet intricate model villages. He has since enjoyed a successful life as a sculptor of international acclaim. Here are some images of work from one of his recent exhibitions, his delightful and whimsical “Nomads of Silence” – magical miniature figures reborn from the dead and decaying detritus of the forest floor.