The Pont d’Arc Cavern has been created in close collaboration with the scientific research team, and is a place of true innovation that uses scenographic techniques never seen before on such a large scale.
Architects “Fabre et Speller” (Clermont-Ferrand / Paris), have designed this Paw print in the landscape project in association with the Ardèche agency “3A” with the aim of fully integrating it within the local landscape.
The objective of the recreated cave is to plunge visitors into a cool, damp, and dark underground atmosphere with Parisian scenic design agency “Scène” responsible for the scenography.
The challenge was considerable, involving the reproduction of a real cavity with its floor, walls, and vaulted ceiling, to create an underground landscape for human and animal artefacts as well as the first masterpieces of humanity. Faced with an impossible task of recreating the entire original cave, the focus was placed on identifying the most remarkable elements and reproducing them in an artificial cave with a floor area of 3 500m² and a total surface area of 8 200m² (including floors, walls and ceilings) from a 3D digital plan of the original. Each element of the new cave was documented in a set of detailed drawings with 3D plans, photos, and technical description, including colours, dimensions, textures, forming processes and bibliographical references. Considerable resources were used to recreate the specific acoustics of the cave, and its silent atmosphere conducive to contemplation and reflection.
This led to the creation of a unique working community where members could pool their complementary skills in industry, craftsmanship and arts to meet such a difficult and unprecedented challenge.
The work took place from autumn 2013 to the beginning of 2015 with an investment of 55 million euros.