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Sep 20, 2007

Inauguration de la statue en bronze placée au centre du rond-point du col de la Tourmente

Savaku statue rond-point col de la tourmente

Graphiste indépendant depuis 4 ans à Paris, Guillaume Blanchard est à 27 ans l’auteur de « Savaku » en Arawak l’esprit des forces de la nature. Inaugurée le 24 août dernier, Savaku représente l’âme de St-Barth, une métaphore de la vision de l’île par l’artiste. Un Indien Arawak est debout sur un rocher qui, vu du ciel, a la forme de l’île. Une lance dans la main droite, il défend sa terre. Il souffle dans une corne de lambi pour fait entendre le cri de la nature, peut-être l’ultime avertissement d’une nature trop souvent agressée. Il est entouré d’un iguane qui évoque la terre, la sagesse et la patience et d’un pélican, l’oiseau marin symbole de l’île mais aussi de l’air et de la mer dont il tire sa subsistance, comme les St-Barths qui longtemps ont pêché pour se nourrir. Pour Guillaume, « la pause du guerrier simplement vêtu montre qu’il est fier de son île aussi simple et dure qu’elle soit. Ce petit rocher aride est la richesse de cet Arawak prêt à le défendre corps et âme. Il est orienté vers l’ouest en direction du soleil couchant car il regarde la journée qui s’achève. Sa prière au crépuscule résonne comme les voix des ancêtres qui nous incitent à la réflexion et à la méditation. La fin de la journée n’est autre que la naissance de la nuit, une boucle dans l’éternel renouvellement. De ce fait, les expériences du passé serviront au mieux ceux qui se tournent vers l’avenir sans oublier d’où ils viennent. »
Guillaume Blanchard La statue est pour le moment mal positionnée car pour respecter la volonté de l’artiste, l’Indien devrait regarder vers l’ouest. Le socle circulaire sur lequel elle repose devait, dans le projet présenté par Guillaume en 2004, être marqué des quatre points cardinaux, « afin de bien situer St-Barth et démontrer notre ouverture au monde extérieur ». Manque aussi l’inscription « L’arawak souffla dans le lambi pour qu’à nouveau retentisse dans le cœur des hommes l’âme de St-Barth » qui devait être gravée autour de la base. Les services techniques de la collectivité devraient s’occuper de toutes ces finitions dans les prochaines semaines. La statue sera également surélevée car elle paraît actuellement disproportionnée par rapport au large diamètre du rond-point, tout en ne dépassant pas les 2 mètres de hauteur pour ne pas gêner l’approche des avions. Enfin le rond-point en lui-même sera terminé par la pose de gazon et d’un parement en pierres.


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