During 1h15, walk in the footsteps of leading 1900s rock miner Jean Legay-Chevalier, through the memories of his loyal foreman Jules Cotte.
STEP 1 :
THE QUARRY AND THE CONSTRUCTION SITE
This reconstruction of an open pit quarry will immerse you in a working environment marked by the sound of breaking ground and creaking pulleys. Discover mining’s signature tools and techniques.
STEP 2 :
THE LAVA AND THE WATER
Enter the top of the gallery from where deep grinding and underground groaning sounds emerge. You will learn about the volcanic history of the Puy de la Nugère that created this trachyandesite lava flow, and the secret story behind the discovery of Volvic water.
Volvic is in drought! Volvic residents had to wait until 1927 for extraction and the benefit of running water.
STEP 3 :
MIND OF THE ELDERS
As you reach the top of the gallery the quarrymen’s Herculian task becomes apparent. An account is given of the evolution of mining techniques, and the rise in use of Volvic rock and its multiple applications through the centuries.
STEP 4 :
DAILY LIFE IN VOLVIC
You are met by the sound of water and working quarrymen … This area pays homage to the quarrymen’s families and their way of life since the 1900s.
NEW STEP :
THE ETERNAL STONE
Volvic rock through the ages …
It has made its mark on this region and beyond …
… and it continues to reinvent itself!
A dynamic presentation honours a raw material that is distinctly MODERN!
What the artisans say
“One raw material offers an infinite variety of possibilities. It is the artist’s view, personality, and perception that gives each object its unique character.”
Who better than local artisans to explain how each one “tames” this rock, complex, with multiple uses: sculptor, enameller, engraver …
Filmed in their workshops, these gifted narrators modestly share their passion and reveal a little about their daily lives.