Rocalia Talents Demonstration

This year the FFPPS (The French Dry Stone Professionals Federation) and the Association of  stone carvers, will animate a demonstration zone located at the entrance to Rocalia. All the traditional dry stone trades - engraving, sculpture, cutting and construction - will be demonstrated there.


The project

The FFPPS and its partners will execute a dry stone work design in the Rocalia Talent Demonstration space.

To fit the dimensions of this space, they have decided to build a long wall.
But not just any wall… a snake wall 9 meters in length!

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In fact, dry stone walls are biotopes and home to many plant and animal species. They often harbour reptiles and in particular snakes. Dry stone walls were usually built using rocks from the immediate surroundings to separate crops and as enclosures for pastures. They thus became emblematic elements in landscapes and characterised many regions. This is why, on country walks it is not rare to see dry stone walls which “curve” as they follow the contours of small valleys or the turns of foot paths.

The know-how needed to build them

The idea is to associate in a work all the different know-hows used in working dry stone - cutting and sculpting, building and engraving.

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The ends of the snake are made out of blocks of stone cut and carved by students attending the Camille Claudel Vocational School in Remiremont, France.
The pictographic style is inspired by the sculptures of the Mesoamerican Aztec, Maya and Toltec civilizations which represent the divinity Quetzalcóatl, the “plumed serpent”.
This graphic style evokes the mythical and distances itself from the representations of snakes which usually have a negative connotation in the West.

Stone used: Semond Yellow (Burgundy, France)

Dry Stone masonry

The snake wall will be built by professional Wallers (dry stone masons) all members of the FFPPS. It expresses their know-how applied to artistic works, following the example of Land Art Master Andy Goldsworthy.
Different types of equipment are used to fit the stones together to obtain the horizontal and oblique seatings and copings needed for the graphics.

Stones used: Beaujolais “golden” limestone, Molay limestone, Burgundy (cream colour), red ochre and dark purple sandy shale from Normandy.


ROCALIA 2019 will be engraved on the stones forming the aisle side of the Snake during the Show.

Stone used: Beige Comblanchien limestone (Burgundy)


The association of stone engravers and its former trainees will realizing a puzzle with stones of new geographical indication "Pierre Marbrières de Rhône-Alpes" established by RHONAPI.
In order to discover the texture of the materials, do not hesitate to manipulate the parts!

Our thanks to the originators and partners

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You can also meet them on their stand...

  • Fédération Française des Professionnels de la Pierre Sèche - Stand G6A09
  • Société Pierre Mureuse de Bourgogne (21) - Stand 6F63
  • Société Pierre de Beauchamps - Carrière du Rocher Blin (50) - Stand 6K138
  • Euromarbles - Stand n°6G88

As well as :

  • Le chant du gravelet,
  • Marbrerie Jarrafoux,

rocalia 2019 PROGRAMme

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