Annecy, nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", is transformed into an open-air museum this summer with around twenty artistic and landscape installations, offering beautiful walks through the city centre.
In Annecy, all roads lead to art (or almost all). Take the 4-kilometer route created by the Annecy Paysages festival and discover a new view of the city. On foot or by bike, wander the streets to be impressed by works of art and landscape installations.
On the esplanade of the Town Hall, stop and admire "Breathing Lotus Flower", a giant lotus flower created by Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa, its petals drift on the breeze, evoking a sense of breathing. On the side of the Palais de l'Ile, a cloud of origami fish, designed by visual artist and set designer Antoine Milian, hovers over the river Thiou, choreographed by the wind. In the Parc Charles Bosson, marvel at the possibilities of urban agriculture with a vegetable garden in the shape of a mandala, a Sanskrit symbol, cultivating plant diversity and ancient varieties.
The famous Lake Annecy also joins in with the introduction of two black swans. A poetic sight, this is the concept of two graduates of Annecy School of Art and echoes the brief appearance in 2003 of a black swan on the lake. This rare and surprising event is mirrored by the artistic metaphor.
Lovers of street art will relish the dedicated course created by the collective: Art by Friends, which includes wall murals, ornamental pavements and live performances.
In total, there are 23 artistic and landscape installations to be discovered throughout the summer.